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Math Photos

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • March 13, 2019, 2:08 p.m.

Effective math learning takes place with the use of visuals! Most all of us need to see the math in front of us to be able to identify relationships and patterns. One fun way to grab your students' numerical attention is through photos that contain math situations. Simply take pictures throughout the day that contain groups of people or items that can serve as a catalyst for discussion.

Discussion starter questions:


  • What do you notice?
  • How many?
  • What is the best way to count these items?
  • Where do you see math?
  • What is the pattern?
  • What comes next?
  • What is the math situation?


After students begin to see the math in the pictures, turn the picture taking responsibility over to them. Have students take pictures and create the math problems for the pictures.This will build conceptual knowledge and help to develop fluent mathematical thinking!


What is the best way to count these?


How many?


How many sets do you see?


How many?


What do you notice?


What can we count?



Kelly Harmon and Randi Anderson

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