The Acquisition of Numeracy

Being numerate means being able to reason with numbers and other mathematical concepts, to apply them to a range of contexts and to solve related problems. Numeracy requires number sense. Number sense is developed by establishing a robust, durable understanding of quantities so that their values may be compared. In this presentation, we will review current research in the field of processing quantities, and how to facilitate the acquisition of numeracy within our students. Various games, worksheets and activities to develop numeracy will be demonstrated, and supported with free online materials.


Iconic WoodinMath number patterns present quantities in a manner that aids recognition, facilitates comparison, and integrates quantities with their written number equivalents. Help students develop numeracy and the language skills necessary to describe related facts and procedures by prompting them to compare quantities through multimodal presentations. Simply put, students take patterns apart, then reassemble them while describing the process.