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Do You Dread Teaching Regrouping and Exchanging? Let Us Help

Regrouping and exchanging in two-digit addition and subtraction is one of those math procedures that is often used without understanding the underlying concepts. Here, we would like to share with you some ideas we use to approach this challenging topic...
Happy Numbers team · 02 Nov

K-2 Students Be Shoppin’!!!!

Shopping is an authentic, mathematical activity that calls on a wide range of skills. It’s also fun! This post will give you ideas about how to scaffold shopping exercises to meet students’ needs at various levels.
Happy Numbers team · 02 Nov

Hitting Math Benchmarks in K-2 (Case Study)

After mind-growing lessons that focus on conceptual understanding, can students succeed on such abstract tests that only measure procedural fluency? Will the tests cause trauma or anxiety in our youngest students (as it often does in teachers!)? At Slackwood Elementary School in New Jersey, math specialist George Regan set out to answer these questions with some research of his own.
Happy Numbers team · 02 Nov

Comparison of Whole Numbers within 1000

There are two widely-known pedagogical approaches to make comparison intuitive and easy to master, and between them, Happy Numbers chooses both.
Happy Numbers team · 01 Nov

2-Digit Addition and Subtraction (with Purpose and Meaning)

According to the Grade 1 Common Core State Standards, math instruction should focus on four critical areas, one of which is developing understanding of whole number relationships and place value, including grouping in tens and ones.
Happy Numbers team · 01 Nov