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Math Magic Trick

This 5-minute video presents a number trick that offers an opportunity for students to practice basic addition. The presenter explains how the trick works and suggests how students can customize it to use with friends and family.
Contributed by: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Publisher
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
CCSS Practice Standard 8The resources in this collection are intended to help educators understand and implement the eighth Mathematical Practice Standard of the CCSS. You will find informative presentations, lesson plans, and problem sets that will help establish mathematical habits of mind that support this standard. You'll also find many problem tasks for use with students in the companion classroom collection.
Math TopicAlgebraic Thinking, Number Sense, Basic Operations, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level2, 3, 4, 5
Resource TypeActivity, Video

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorNational Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Publisher
    • Publication Date2012
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2000 - 2012 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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  • User Comments
    • 4
      Oldie but Goodie
      By Uncle Bob on 11/14/2012 - 17:16
    • A number trick that provides arithmetic practice and eventually puts the student in the role of trickster. I've seen the trick adapted to the current year or to integers.