The activities in Nimble Numeracy are easy to do with individuals, small groups, or whole classes of students. Suggested wording for the teacher is included, but it is not a script that must be followed. It simply models what needs to be done and what kind of response is expected of the students.

Numeracy is the ability to deal with numbers comfortably. Some children come by that ability naturally; others do not. For those who don’t, the problem often stems from trouble with the language of numbers. These students often learn arithmetic concepts with difficulty, process problems slowly, and compute inaccurately, even when they know the algorithms. Many of them also do not read fluently and cannot process written arithmetic easily. Often they come to school with a great deal of mathematical knowledge. Nimble Numeracy will help you help those students to unlock that knowledge.

This is a detailed, easy-

Fluency with the language of numbers is a major theme.

In particular, it addresses the Number and Operations Standard (see box at right). It develops a solid understanding of the base-

7"× 8½" perfect bound.

136 pages + 4 foldout charts

ISBN 1-

$9.95

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“Instructional programs from pre-

- Understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, and number systems
- Understand meanings of operations and how they relate to each other
- Compute fluently and make reasonable estimates.”

What about the Common Core?

The instructions and activities in Nimble Numeracy fit perfectly with the Common Core State Standards for the primary grades in the areas of

Counting and Cardinality,

Numbers and Operations in Base Ten (place value), and

Operations and Algebraic Thinking.

With their emphasis on getting children to be absolutely fluent on the language-

“.... The book’s strength is that it demonstrates a consistent pattern of instruction. Direct instruction is followed by oral practice and writing numerals and number words. The author discusses areas that might be difficult for students...and suggests how to practice to build fluency.... Teachers of primary and middle elementary grades will find this book useful for developing number concepts and the fluency that children need to build a strong sense of number.”

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