Mental Math in Primary – Videos & Viewing Guides


I have been meaning to share this link for a while.  Clicking on it will take you to a page of resources produced through the Nova Scotia Department of Education.  It is a series of videos of classrooms in which early primary teachers (grades 1, 2 and 3) work on important mental math strategies with their students.  Each video is about 8-10 minutes and well worth a viewing.  They look to be producing videos for grades 4 and up as well, although the page has remained unchanged for the better part of a year, I am afraid.  

The Ministry of Ed in Nova Scotia has likewise produces a series of viewing guides, which I have “prettied up” and have attached for your use.  Each viewing guide is matched to each of the videos indicated above.  Perhaps your school staff or primary team could view the videos and have a collaborative chat about the strategies used…?  It’s ALWAYS best to learn these things together!


Viewing Guides:

viewing guide 1 grades 1-2 introduce-make-ten-strategy

viewing guide 2-grades 1&2 reinforce-ten-frame-strategy

viewing guide 3 grades 1&2 assessing-students-strategy-selection

viewing guide 4 grades 2&3 near-doubles-strategy

viewing guide 5 grades 2&3 reinforce-make-ten-with-12-digits



5 responses

  1. Hi Carole,

    How can I get copies of these video clips that can be enlarged to the full screen?


  2. Hi Carole,
    I can’t seem to find the videos. You’re “prettied” up documents look great, if only I had the videos to go along with them. Can you help please?


  3. Hi Carole,

    Just a quick note to congratulate you on your fantastic site. I feel inspired to get back into the classroom and teach (in the middle of school holidays!). Look forward to more inspiration in the future. Thank you.

    1. Jennifer… This is such a lovely message – and from Australia, no less! I am really touched that you took time to write. It means a lot.

      That you are inspired to get back to work – in the middle of holidays! – is testament to your dedication to this amazing career we share… Have a fantastic day!


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