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Building Numeracy and Number Sense: Part 1

  • Building Numeracy and Number Sense: Part 1

The following blog series was written by Donald Morris, a faculty member at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement. This blog series focuses on building numeracy and number sense in the Bridge program.

The Bridge program spends 30% of classroom time on developing numeracy skills and awareness. Each term is devoted to a theme. One of our three themes is numbers and operations. Some of the outcomes for the level I teach are: 

  • recognize, say and write large numbers
  • demonstrate an understanding of and solve problems with decimals
  • fractions and percentages
  • use calculators and develop financial literacy.  

The main project at my level for this theme is Buying a Home.

We first do exercises with online mortgage calculators to develop a familiarity with the outcomes we have covered.

The learners enjoy this project because it enables them to use their math skills in a real situation that they may encounter in the future.

Once the learners are comfortable with the math and tools we start the main project by navigating a popular online realtor site. After an instructor-led demonstration and then a learner replication, the learners navigate the online site and fill in a graphic organizer. The graphic organizer covers everything from a description of the home and its location to listing prices, down payments, mortgage rates, and monthly payments. The learners then share their results with another Bridge math class.

The learners enjoy this project because it enables them to use their math skills in a real situation that they may encounter in the future.

If you are interested in any of the printouts for this project, feel free to request through this blog.

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