While cubes and other manipulatives support learning by representing numbers, the number line actually develops learning by giving students another look at number relationships. Your primary students may find using a number line more challenging for some concepts. However, it’s important to stick with it as number lines provide learning opportunities for later skills that can’t be replicated with cubes, such as negative numbers, decimals, rounding and graphing.

That’s why at Happy Numbers we include the number line early and often throughout our exercises. In this post, we’ll share some of these activities that you can use with your class at different stages of learning…

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Although your primary students may be just learning to add and subtract small numbers, they can begin to develop algebraic thinking with this fun exercise. We’ve combined simple, familiar equations with helpful graphics to make algebra accessible to even the youngest mathematicians. These challenging but grade-appropriate tasks are a great way to encourage higher-order thinking while bringing depth and rigor to fundamental math skills …

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Are your primary students now confident in counting through double digits and even showing a solid understanding of simple addition and subtraction? If so, then it’s time for your students to advance their mastery by building fact fluency. And here are some fun activities that will help them do just that …

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Our exciting work at HappyNumbers.com doesn’t just happen in front of a computer screen – it takes place in the classroom as well. As we interact with students at all levels, we often find the opportunity to explore non-standard solutions or build mathematical logic. These discoveries have inspired us to develop the Extended Thinking Series, […]

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Ring in the New Year with a fresh twist on some tried-and-true math skills. We’re wishing you a Happy 2015 with this FREE set of engaging winter-themed math puzzles.

Put these 15 pages to work as:

– A guided or independent center activity
– A challenge for students who finish work early
– A quick filler for those in-between times

Stretch your students’ ability with some think-outside-the-box challenges! To encourage critical thinking, we’ve dusted off some geometry and number sense skills that are fun to explore no matter what unit you’re teaching…

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This holiday season, we’d like to thank you for the important work you do teaching children. As our gift to you, please enjoy a FREE download of fun holiday-themed math puzzles.

This 15-page set is great for:

– An independent center (freeing you up to craft, set up, or clean up!)
– A meaningful filler activity (when that holiday concert ends earlier than expected!)
– A take-home activity during winter recess (to keep students and parents sharp!)

All this with very little preparation or instruction – just print and go! Our engaging puzzles encourage critical thinking and strengthen basic math skills – from recognizing patterns to representing numbers to performing operations…

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Development of our interactive exercises is a very exciting process. It results not only in what you find at HappyNumbers.com, but also in so many interesting things discussed and discovered by the team along the way. In our Advanced Exercises Series we share exercises with non-standard solutions which we’ve stumbled upon while doing our work. […]

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