Quick Images & Dot Cards: a Number Sense Routine

“… The best learning takes place when we love the activity so much we don’t even realize we are learning! . . .”

Can you imagine my delight, to hear my students enjoy our Quick Image routines as much as playing with their friends

Twice a week we begin our math lesson with a Quick Image warm-up.  This warm up routine allows me to spiral learning throughout the year, building number sense, encouraging mathematical conversations and increasing my students’ confidence in risk taking. The “Quick Images” routine is performed by presenting a picture of organized or random quantities to students for a short period of time (2-3 seconds).  Students are then asked to reflect upon what they saw either orally or by reimagining and re-representing the image. Quick Images provide students with the opportunity to subitize and/or use spatial sense for calculating quantities.

How many?  How do you see it?

How many?

This is how we participate in Quick Image and Dot Card warm ups.

There are two primary methods, both of which encourage the students to visually identify numeric patterns in response to these two key questions: 1) How many? 2) How do you see it?

In the first method, I project an image on the white board.  Students are invited to use a white board marker to circle and write a number sentence to respond: How many? How do you see it? Second, I flash the image for 3 seconds and ask the students to respond: How many? How do you see it?

How do you see it?

Sometimes the students sit on the carpet and I show a card to the entire class. Other times I project the image on the white board. And still other times, I ask the students to work as partners: one student shows the quick image card, and the other students answers our two key questions: How many? How do you see it?

Can you imagine my delight, to hear my students enjoy our Quick Image routines as much as playing with their friends!  The best learning takes place when we love the activity so much we don’t even realize we are learning!