Building Number Sense Freebie

I here to share with you a freebie that I posted in my store HERE.

Building Number Sense FREEBIE by Kristine Nannini

It’s called Building Number Sense in the Classroom. Number sense is always something my kids come to me knowing little about. They can do the algorithms, but when it comes to reading long numbers, solving world problems, or applying what they learned in a different context, I find some gaps. Number sense and fact recall are so important. I spend a lot of time teaching my kids that these two things (among many things) are the foundation of math. Without them, it will be an uphill battle.
In addition to building number sense, it is important that my students are fluent in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It is a requirement by our grade level. For students who are not proficient, it is a requirement that they practice at home. To help parents better understand fact fluency, I provide them with a letter full of ideas on how to practice.

Math Facts Parent Letter- Building Number Sense FREEBIE by Kristine Nannini

In addition to including ideas on how to practice, I also include some fun and easy games that families can play at home to help reinforce math skills and number sense.  You can grab a copy of this letter for free by clicking HERE.

In this free resource, I have included a number of different pages. First, is the math fact log. The math fact log isn’t given to all of my students. It’s only for my students who really need the extra practice at home. For students to use the math fact log, I usually go to the dollar store and pick up a few packs of flash cards, or I send them home with a list of games and websites to play, or I may even give them a packet of practice problems. Then, I use a spreadsheet to keep track of who has a log and who is responsible for practicing their math facts at home. Students are responsible for practicing their facts for a certain amount of time at home and tracking how they practice. Then, they bring it back in to school to show me. I don’t take a grade for this, it’s just to hold them accountable for practicing. Since I know who has a math fact log, I can track their monthly math fact tests to make sure there is growth. I found that in the past, if I just said, “Study for 10 minutes tonight!”, they didn’t really know HOW to study.

Monthly Math Facts Log -Building Number Sense FREEBIE - Young Teacher Love by Kristine Nannini
I’ve also included some notebook pages that we glue into our math binders. These pages focus on how to say large numbers and how to say decimals. This can be a tough concept for my students to master, so these visuals help them practice.
How to Say Numbers FREE Printable -Building Number Sense FREEBIE - Young Teacher Love by Kristine Nannini
How to Say Decimals FREE Printable -Building Number Sense FREEBIE - Young Teacher Love by Kristine Nannini
In addition to the pages above, I’ve also included an Operation Key Word Sort. Understanding operation vocabulary words is extremely important, especially when tackling word problems. This sort provides a fun, hands-on opportunity for my students in math.
FREE Operation Key Word Sort -Building Number Sense FREEBIE - Young Teacher Love by Kristine Nannini
  FREE Operation Key Word Sort -Building Number Sense FREEBIE - Young Teacher Love by Kristine Nannini
Click HERE to grab the freebie!


  1. Wow! Thank you for sharing. I am a 5th grade teacher and I will use your packet with my students.

  2. I gave your blog to my fellow co workers in my county today. We did a Common Core workshop and I told everyone what AWESOME resources you have! Good luck on the new year

  3. Hello Kristine!
    I just found your wonderful blog!
    We’re practically neighbors! I live near Partridge Creek Mall! I am a new follower!

    Creative Lesson Cafe

  4. Jeannine- NO WAY!! That is where I grew up! :) I am a Chippewa Valley kid! What a small world! I LOVE your blog! Too cute!! Thanks for saying HI! :)

  5. Number sense is SO important! Thank you for putting together this freebie. The operation sort is going to be a great activity.

    The Teaching Thief

  6. Thanks everyone!! I am so happy you all like it! I love to share! ;)

    P.S.- Laura- you are TOO kind! I appreciate you telling others about my resources! :)

  7. Hi! Thanks for sharing your number sense goodies. The “How to say…” journal pages are from Janaye at Frogs and Cupcakes! :)

  8. How do you do your monthly math fact test?

  9. Hi,
    Can I use the picture/jpeg of your “How to say Decimals” for a worksheet I am making for TPT? If so, how can I credit you?

    Thank you!

    1. Kristine Nannini says:

      Hi Jenny- You may not. The image that I created is not to be used for commercial purposes. However, feel free to use it just in your classroom with your own students, which is the original intention of this free resource. I don’t want my followers to be confused that something I created for free on my blog is somehow now a part of a paid product. Also, if you are posting a resource on Teachers Pay Teachers with your copyright information, the resource must only include your original ideas. Have a great day!

  10. Great post and resources. I have some students that still say seventeen tenths. When they say it, I write in on the board with the 1 on top of the 7 next to the decimal, and ask them if it is okay to two digits in one place. They always say no. Writing what they say seems to help them see the errors they make. I hope this set of mini posters will help as well. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Kristine Nannini says:

      You’re welcome, Krystal! This topic can be so tough for students. Hopefully these resources help them.

  11. Sharon Urwiller says:

    I like your “How to Say” worksheet. Another problem area when pronouncing number words is saying the word “and” between the hundreds and the tens. For example, 623 should be pronounced six hundred twenty-three, NOT six hundred and twenty-three. Many adults, even newscasters say these number words incorrectly.

  12. Hi Kristine,

    I would like to use your Monthly Math Facts Log with a student. I can’t seem to find the link with this resource on it. Please let me know if you have it posted somewhere as a PDF. Thank you so much!

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