Kindergarten Number Sense Resources

A random number of dots (up to 20) are placed into ten frames. Choose whether the dots are "arranged" or "random". Lots of different, randomly generated possibilities.

A random amount of circles or squares is drawn in each box. Which box has more in it? Count the number in each to help you decide or to justify your answer.

Intended for students to develop understanding of bigger/smaller numbers. Type in two whole numbers. Click "Forward" to see the numbers shown in base-10 blocks, then broken apart into ones, then finally shown overlapping. An interesting example is comparing 3 to 30.

A random number of objects (between 0 and the upper limit you specify) flashes on the screen. Estimate how many you saw. Then display the picture again, reconsider your guess, and finally see the answer. Designed to develop solid connection between a number and how "big" it actually is.

An updated version of "How Many?" with a new feature: once you see the squares, you can arrange them into groups. Use this to connect estimation and quantity to skip counting. Or use it to have a conversation about multiplication or division.

This grid goes to 120. Click on the numbers to toggle the colors. Click on an arrow to turn the entire row or column red. Explore 1 or 10 more/less, patterns in skip counting or beyond.

How many dots are there? How do you see it? This number talk resource is designed to give students lots of different ways of seeing and describing a number of dots, but with the added advantage of seeing the dots move from one arrangement to another. Use this with the goal of students flexibly describing many ways of composing/decomposing a number.

Explore ideas around equality, decomposition, missing addends, and more! Up the ante by finding the mystery number.

An exploration of +/- 1 or 10 on the hundreds chart. Make a "path" (of up to 50 squares). Your job is to figure out the numbers. By clicking on the square, the number is revealed.

Enter a whole number (under 1 million) and it will be shown as a bar partitioned along base-10 values. Use this for a visual demonstration of, for example, why 543 > 345, beyond "because 5 is bigger than 3".

Placing Numbers (up to 30 or up to 50)

An unmarked number line is provided, with 0 on the left. Students are given a random number (either 1-10 or 11-30/50) to place on the number line (repeated up to 20 times). The goal is not only to place numbers in the right order, but also in the correct relative position (e.g. 2, 3, 8, but the 3 should be closer to the 2 than the 8). Feedback is provided by displaying the correct locations based upon the location of the largest number.

A simple tool to develop understanding of numbers and relationships. Use this for number talks and many other activities.

Intended for students to get a sense for "bigness" of numbers. Type in a number to see it displayed in an array. If you wish, enter another number to see a visual comparison.

One or more ten frames appears on the screen (you can adjust this). A randomly generated number of dots flashed, (partially) filling in the ten frame(s). Your job is to say how many dots you saw and how you saw it.