5 Digit Window Frames

Bigger numbers - digit window framesA number of you have asked for a refinement to our ever-popular random number generator, the 2 Digit Window Frame resource. Some wanted smaller digits (the physical size of the font), while others wanted more options to work with larger numbers (more than 2 digits).

Firstly, thank you for the suggestions; and here's our new Window Frame resource.

The download includes frames designed for 2, 3, 4 and 5 digit numbers. The digits themselves are slightly smaller in size and we have included three different number grids.

As if that wasn't enough, this version includes a separate set of frames without the mathstick figures.

Full instructions of how (and why) to use them can be found here: 2 Digit Window Frames.

Here's an image of the downloadable* file (only two of the three number grids are shown here)

2, 3, 4 and 5 digit random number generator

  

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leonie_greenhalgh's picture

It's always great to have

It's always great to have different ways to generate numbers. Particularly looking forward to using these in place value lessons as an alternative to dice and digit cards.
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elaineheck's picture

Wow!!! I've got dice and

Wow!!! I've got dice and digit cards, and was going to use those ... but now I've found this resource, I'm realy looking forward to using it.  The comments and ideas from other users have given me even more ideas as to how to use the boards!  Can't wait! Thank you very much for another fantastic, idea-packed resource.
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johdu's picture

Elaine, thank you for the

Elaine, thank you for the feedback - great to hear that this maths teaching resource was worth a "Wow". And I do so agree that comments from other members are very useful and always very welcome. John
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johdu's picture

John Elaine, thank you for

John Elaine, thank you for the feedback - great to hear that this maths teaching resource was worth a "Wow". And I do so agree that comments from other members are very useful and always very welcome.
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johdu's picture

Elaine, thank you for the

Elaine, thank you for the feedback - great to hear that this maths teaching resource was worth a "Wow". And I do so agree that comments from other members are very useful and always very welcome. John
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johdu's picture

Elaine, thank you for the

Elaine, thank you for the feedback - great to hear that this maths teaching resource was worth a "Wow". And I do so agree that comments from other members are very useful and always very welcome. John
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mrsreturner's picture

I love your squashy boxes as

I love your squashy boxes as number generators, but these will be another great way of doing the same thing and excellent, of course, for place value.  Thank you for the ideas sheet to start us off (on the 2 digit version of this).  Fantastic!
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Happyday28's picture

Perfect for our week of

Perfect for our week of partitioning larger numbers next week and learning to read four and five digit numbers.....
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phoebe15's picture

 Looks great for quick mental

 Looks great for quick mental maths sessions - number bonds, place value and fun to do with a partner.
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clairesadler's picture

 One of my favourite

 One of my favourite resources on mathsticks. I've used the idea of laminating the windows and putting in a decimal point, works very well.
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johdu's picture

Claire, that's great to hear.

Claire, that's great to hear. We loved the Digit Window Frames too - so many possibilities... we keep finding new ones.

Thanks for your feedback.

John

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hez's picture

 Love this idea - this

 Love this idea - this resource will be very useful next term.
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mslavern42's picture

I have not used this yet but

I have not used this yet but I see how I can use it.We do a lot in our grade with numbers and operations such as 10 more, 10 less, 1 more, 1 less, what number comes before, etc. I will ask a question and tell the students to frame the answer. They can do it in small groups and put up their mini offices to prevent peeking.
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susanspurr's picture

Ideas please!   Could anyone

Ideas please!   Could anyone let me know any ways they have used this resource in the classroom and what was sucessful. Thankyou!  
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gazza306's picture

 Pick a two digit number and

 Pick a two digit number and get the children to practice adding on 10 to the next 100 to establish knowledge of place value is secure Pick a 2/3 digit number and then get the children to round to the next 10 / 100   Use the board as a random number generator
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carlyrae's picture

 Fantastic!

 Fantastic!
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sueduffy's picture

Great assessment tool. Also

Great assessment tool. Also useful for Maths Buddies
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maths's picture

Fantastic! So simple and easy

Fantastic! So simple and easy to prepare!
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Mrs Doyle's picture

 Thank you for a simple but

 Thank you for a simple but effective resource. I've already got ideas for using these in my mental oral starters as target boards, and the different sized windows make for instant differentiation !  
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missjeram's picture

 The resources are ingenious,

 The resources are ingenious, I know my mixed year 6 class will all benefit from this resource, as it is very adaptable. Thank you!
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johdu's picture

Many thanks for your kind

Many thanks for your kind comments. I glad the maths materials are continuing to prove useful. John
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 I adapted this by leaving a

 I adapted this by leaving a small secion in the window box on which I drew a decimal point (yes it made cutting the window tricky). This meant my more able could generate numbers to 1 and 2 decimal places. They thought it was "really cool Miss" Thanks for this great resource.
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johdu's picture

Bbeane, thank you for sharing

Bbeane, thank you for sharing you idea. That's a great adaptation which makes the resource even more versatile.

I have seen one other person do something similar - they cut the window out completely though, laminated the whole frame to give them a kind of 'glazed' window, and added a decimal point to the acetate with a permanent marker.

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A great way to generate

A great way to generate numbers, no more dice - thank you! 
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lillywilko's picture

I love this resource! I tend

I love this resource! I tend to use dice to generate random numbers but it can get very noisy with several dice skidding across the desks. This is the perfect (quiet) alternative, which the children will love to use. I will also attach an enlarged version to my place value display, with some key questions, such as: What number did you make? Can you partition the number? Who made the biggest number - how do you know? etc... Thanks!
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maryayers's picture

This resources will help in

This resources will help in many activities for my less able group.Thank you.
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I teach Maths to a number of

I teach Maths to a number of year levels and have found that the kids really like using them. I have found using them very revealing . Using traditional methods I felt that the children had a solid understanding of Place value but have found that by using open ended questioning and the Window frames it is easy to see where the kids are having difficulties.
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LisaLee's picture

I have spent years

I have spent years laminataing 0-9 digit cards- no more having to replace missing cards! This resource lokks far sturdier and more suitable for older children. I can't wait to demonstrate generating numbers and sharing it with the whole class by displaying it under the visualiser, projecting onto the interactive whiteboard.
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borntobewilde's picture

I hate using dice and digit

I hate using dice and digit cards - I always have to spend ages making sure they are matched up correctly again. Thasnk you
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lizturton13's picture

I am looking forward to using

I am looking forward to using this with my less able maths group. Thanks
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