Building number sense in primary age students





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The research questions addressed are: What is the scope and sequence of number sense? Why do some students just get it and others really struggle? What do the students who have good number sense have that those who struggle do not have? Knowing that number sense is important, how can you build a strong base in number sense to help students succeed in math? How can I assess my students to find out what holes they have in their number sense and how to meet their needs? What teaching methods can I use to help build my students' number sense? The motivating factor for this capstone was the struggle students have in mathematics. Students in low socioeconomic situations often struggle. Key influences for this capstone were Griffin's article Teaching Number Sense in Educational Leadership (2004) and Malofeeva, Day, Saco, & Young's article Construction and Evaluation of a Number Sense Test with Head Start Children in the Journal of Educational Psychology (2004). The author developed a basic number sense assessment and corresponding number sense activities for primary age students.

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