Anchors of 5

Today we explored the importance of the number 5 using a five frame. A five frame is a long rectangle with five boxes that can be filled to represent numbers. For example, this is 3.

You can also add extra dots to show numbers over 5 (not exceeding 10). This is what 7 looks like:

When using a five frame, students can see the relationship between a number and the number five. For example, they can see that seven is two more than five. The ability to see these relationship is important when it comes to adding and subtracting in later units. In the future, students will be encouraged to use five as an “anchor” when rounding numbers or adding single-digit numbers. 


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