Last summer, along with a few other math bloggers, I did a book study on the book *Teaching Student Centered Mathematics *By John Van de Walle, LouAnn Lovin, Karen Karp, and Jennifer Bay-Williams. Chapter 8 revolved around developing number sense and outlined a series of important number relationships. One of these number relationships includes benchmarks of 5 and 10. When we return from break I will be focusing on benchmarks of 5 and fact fluency with 5+ facts… but maybe not in the way you would expect.

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__quick__*Until this next week that is š*

Questions and prompts will include:**How many snowflakes do you see? ***How do you know? ***What parts do you see in the picture?***Could you write a number bond that shows those parts? ***What would the total be? ***What equation matches the snowflakes and your number bond? *Another variation of this activity will include flashing a dot picture and then asking students to reproduce the picture using bingo dabbers or Q-tips and paint. They could then create a number bond and number sentence that match what they know.

Finally, I would end a lesson by throwing in some 5+ flashcards **mixed with other facts that they know** such as 1+ or 0+ facts. I **do **want my students to become automatic in their facts and these activities will allow them to be automatic, however, I **never **want my students to overgeneralize a new understanding. If you want to read more on how I strategically use flash cards you can read this post here.

***The snowflake 5 facts activity highlighted in this post is a part of my winter themed math centers for first grade students found HERE***

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