Package 4-4: youcubed number visuals
This task offers your child the opportunity to practise using addition and subtraction and supports their understanding of this inverse relationship.
Week 5 - Package 4 - Year 5 and 6 Mathematics - youcubed number visuals
Things you need
Have these things available so your child can complete this task.
youcubed number visuals video
Activity sheet 1
Pencils or markers
Read the instructions about youcubed number visuals.
Additional copies of Activity sheet 1.
Why is this activity important?
This task is designed to offer your child the opportunity to:
investigate this interesting representation of numbers
understand how numbers are made up
engage with numbers flexibly
think visually about numbers
think about factors and multiples.
Before you start
Make sure your child has the required resources ready.
Check that the video is working and the audio settings are correct for your child.
What your child needs to know and do
This task encourages your child to share what they know about numbers, patterns and multiplicative thinking.
What to do next
View youcubed number visuals video.
Encourage your child to explore the number visuals on Activity sheet 1.
Ask your child to think about what they notice. Ask them to look for different ways they see each number visual made up of other numbers and interesting patterns.
Ask your child to use colours to help them record their noticings.
Options for your child
Activity too hard?
Give your child time to look closely and carefully at the pattern and to also think creatively.
Encourage your child to watch the video again. They may like another opportunity to think about the mathematical ideas explored in the video.
Celebrate all the creative thinking your child notices, even if they are not sure if it is accurate. Then encourage them to explore their thinking further.
Ask your child to write the number that each visual represents on Activity sheet 1.
Activity too easy?
Encourage your child to share how they might change the number visuals. Then ask them to share their reasoning around the design they create.
Ask your child to explore all the multiples of 3, 4, 5, etc.
Follow-up questions to ask your child
What did you see in the number visuals?
Do you notice anything interesting about the way the numbers are shown?
Can you also see the number 4 inside of 20?
How many different ways can you see numbers inside of 20?
What patterns do you see?
Can you share your thinking about… ?
I see you have used (colour), here (point to number visuals). Why did you choose to use (colour) here?
What does each set of multiples have in common?
Are there any differences?
Share additional copies of Activity sheet 1 so your child can explore a new pattern with different colors.
Encourage your child to draw other numbers not featured or create their own visualization for numbers (for example 1 – 20 or 36 and 37).
You can find out more about youcubed number visuals at youcubed from Stanford University.
Activity sheet 1
Explore the number visuals and record the different ways you see each number visual made up of other numbers.(from youcubed)