Bridges Breakout: Number Rack
Help Your Students Learn Math Facts
Designed for use with small groups, Bridges Breakout: Number Rack will help your students
Develop a rich sense of numbers and parts of numbers
Build intuitive, flexible and accurate computation strategies
Make connections among related facts
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Visit the teacher support page for printable student materials, additional games and the MLC Number Rack app. You’ll also find background materials and research on the number rack as a visual math model for young learners.
From Counting to Conceptual FLUENCY
It’s undeniable: children need to know their basic math facts. But what is the best way to help young learners remember them? Flash cards, timed tests and rows of practice problems rely on rote memorization, a strategy shown by research to be ineffective for most students. At best, these types of activities fail to engage students; at worst, they spur negative self-talk and convince students they are not good at math.
Bridges Breakout: Number Rack helps students learn addition and subtraction math facts using the number rack, a math tool designed to build conceptual understanding and fluency through seeing and understanding number relationships.
A Comprehensive Resource for Small-Group Activities
The number rack model helps build the bridge from counting to computational fluency by inviting students to think about numbers in groups of 2, 5 and 10.
Shelly Scheafer, classroom teacher and Bridges Breakout: Number Rack contributor