These Dots Will Grow On You

Nearing the end of the Subitizing Series, I wanted to take time to detail a single math question, while placing an emphasis on noticing.  The result is the video below:  These Dots Will Grow on You.  I encourage you to download the resources and to use them in class while providing your students with plenty of time to notice.  Enjoy!




Select the resources you would like to download here:

PDF:  How many dots in group 7?

PDF:  How many dots in group 4?

PDF:  What do you notice?

PDF:  What do you notice? (with 4 spaces for noticing)


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The Animated Multiplication Table

The Number Concept Map

Math in Motion








  1. LaToniya on September 23, 2015 at 5:44 am

    “What else” is such a powerful teaching tool.

    It gives permission to continue discovering and sharing. After a few interactions, it becomes a habit.

    The patterns and opportunities to see how others think is also powerful and encourages discourse.

    The visuals and translations from concrete to abstract (numerical) are helpful but often overlooked.

    • on September 23, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      Very well said, LaToniya. There is so much power in asking for further noticing especially, as you note, when students develop the habit of looking deeper. When we encourage the concept that there is more, and that it is just waiting to be discovered, then our students begin to look for connections that we may never have imagined ourselves.

      Your note about how this encourages discourse is so important. Noticing something new leads naturally to a desire to share, and the opportunity to hear from multiple vantage points is prime in that setting.

  2. Tim Gill on May 22, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I love the pattern you describe at the end of the video, I don’t remember ever seeing it before. Thanks!

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