Number Talks - Meaning of Equal Standard Focus (DIGITAL and Printable)

Primary Bliss


These Number Talks are designed to solidify students' understanding of the equal sign and specifically address the common core standard 1.OA.D.7.

With this product you will get 120 equation number talks (40 with sums/differences within 5, 40 with sums/differences within 10, and 40 with sums/differences within 20)). Students are to analyze the equations and decipher if they are true or false, then share how they know. What strategies did they use to figure it out?

All you need to do is copy the materials (or display them on your interactive whiteboard) and get your students engaged in amazing mathematical student-to-student interaction! Our students have LOVED this daily routine, and math has become a favorite part of their day.


These Number Talks will get your students engaged in mathematical conversations that will solidify their understanding of the equal sign. No longer will you have students say that 8 = 4 + 4 or 2 + 6 = 4 + 4 are untrue.


A few years ago we were asked to implement number talks in our daily math instruction. After engaging our students in a few of these activities, we were hooked. One of our challenges then became to create number talks that addressed mathematical misconceptions our students had. The true mathematical meaning of the equal sign is one that many first graders struggle with. Hence, this product was born.


-Busy First Grade Teachers
-Substitute Teachers
-Special Education Teachers
-Whole Group Math Instruction
-Small Group Math Instruction
-Math Intervention
-Kindergarten Teachers with Advanced Students
-Second Grade Teachers Who Still Struggle with the Meaning of the Equal Sign


How long do number talks take?
It is best if Number Talks are done daily for between 5 and 15 minutes.

Can these number talks be displayed on an interactive whiteboard?

Do I have to print out number talk materials for each student each day?
NO! This is a whole group activity. Just display the number talk for everyone to see. We have included both a printable version and a DIGITAL version of these number talks.

Wishing you joyful engagement and rigor in your primary classroom. Happy Number Talking!

Cindy and Becky at Primary Bliss Teaching

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