In this Number Talk, Stephanie Letson engages her 2nd grade students in finding multiple ways to write equations that result in the number 170. She introduces her students with some norms for their learning, such as listening, sharing, writing. She introduces the day’s number by asking them what they notice about the number, and what those noticings (multiple of ten, even number) might mean for their equations. Students work individually, then share in small groups, then share as a whole group. Letson facilitates their discussion and follows student insights when they are offered.

Taught by: Stephanie Letson, Bayshore Elementary School, Bayshore School District, Daly City, California

Mathematical Strand:

- Number & Operations in Base Ten