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…Continue reading
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…Continue reading
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…Continue reading
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 …Continue reading
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, […]Continue reading
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…Get My Copy!
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…Get My Copy!