(This is a guest post from our friend Brandi, an elementary teacher who will share a fun classroom activity for promoting awareness of large numbers.) A Guessing Jar is one of my favorite activities for promoting number sense and an awareness of how large a number is. I love that it can be filled with anything small or large and right away we have a number activity that is unique every time. n order to allow everyone a chance to bring in something for the jar, I have each student bring in an item for the jar during their birthday week. Candy is always a favorite but it’s up to each child. I have had everything from candy to cotton balls to Legos. The first thing my students do is make their individual estimates. At the beginning of the year their guesses fall into a wide range of way too small to way too large, but by mid-year or end of the year the guesses are becoming more and more accurate.

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Effective and efficient instruction is dependent upon assessing student progress and identifying needed interventions. That’s easier said than done in today’s busy elementary classroom! Thanks to technologies now available, teachers are able to collect and crunch a large amount of student data. But in order for this data to be useful, it has to be structured in a way that is clear and concise. Our goal is to help teachers improve instruction by gathering and organizing student performance data within our program. We are working to create user-friendly reports that provide teachers with actionable insights to inform instructional decisions and economize their time.
Please meet the new Activity Stream: clearly-structured reports for teachers to use in assessing student progress, providing feedback to students or sharing information with parents! …

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(This is a guest post from our friend Brian, a 1st grade teacher and technology leader who is using Happy Numbers with his class of 26 students in Oswego, IL.) Due to varying kindergarten experiences, my students have a wide range of ability in math. Children in general develop their number sense and problem-solving skills at very different rates, so there are always multiple levels of learners present in any classroom. As any primary teacher knows, it is essential to differentiate instruction to meet these various needs. I’m lucky to have an ipad and a couple of laptops in the classroom, and I like to use them to support the learning of numeracy in our class. I’m always looking for new resources that use technology to reach all students and some months ago I stumbled upon Happy Numbers, which has quickly become a powerful tool to support my mathematics instruction…

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Difficulty in reading can spill over into other subjects, affecting student performance. Our mission is to make math accessible and enjoyable for all students, while helping teachers run effective, independent centers. For some time now, Happy Numbers has been working to add auditory directions to our online math exercises. This new sound feature allows students to click on the directions within any exercise to hear them read aloud. Now, your primary students can strengthen their math skills without being hindered by reading ability!

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Every year when I start things rolling in my third grade classroom, I am amazed at the levels of abilities of my students. There are always a handful of students who, for whatever reason, are lacking number sense in big ways. This handful of students typically struggles with making combinations to 10. So I do what any teacher would do best, I re-teach, and re-teach, and re-teach. I always start with a concrete approach first. For example …

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How can you help your primary students make the leap from working with small numbers to becoming fluent with larger ones? One way they can start thinking in larger ‘chunks’ is by counting by tens. More than just an oral exercise, counting by tens is an essential skill that builds number sense, encourages thinking about number structures, and economizes counting and operations. Students with a strong conceptual understanding of round numbers, a ‘ten’, and ‘the tens place’ are better prepared to work with two-digit numbers and beyond. In this post, we will share the ideas behind our exercises in the topic Counting by Tens and some additional tips on reinforcing counting skills using Unifix cubes…

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We’re so glad you are enjoying our website and we’re excited to bring you a new topic to share with your students! Today, Happy Numbers released our newest topic, Numeration 21-100, to help bring young learners to the next level of mastery in numeracy. The 22 interactive exercises build on previous topics to address several important skills…

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