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A Happy Math Website for Lower Elementary Students

A Happy Math Website for Lower Elementary Students: This is an awesome website you need to explore!
Are you familiar with Happy Numbers

I was lucky enough to stumble upon Happy Numbers several months ago and decided to try the free month they offer.

It was mighty easy to set up my class and give them passwords.
Since I teach second grade, I set them all up for the second grade curriculum. (They have curriculum for grades K-2.)

Once set up, I spent my math period pulling small groups of children to show them how to log in and use the program on our tablets.

We are lucky to have 7 of these tablets (with the bright green covers) in our classroom, which means 1/3 of the class can work on them at a time! (Image is link to Amazon.)


Happy Numbers works very well on the tablets, but it also works on our Chromebooks as well as laptops and desktops.

It's very easy for the children to log in, and they took to the program right away, and quickly became quite independent with it!

Each module moves along quickly, and has fun activities for the children. Here are some examples:
Here are a couple of screen shots of Module 1 for Grade 2: Sums and differences to 20. The children are asked to slide the sets of ten, then the individual ones. They love doing it, and it really helps them see how place value helps addition and subtraction!

Here's a fun way to add 4 addends! And a great way for children to see the benefits of looking for sets of ten.
Now they're getting real familiar with the number line, as well as counting forward and back.

One of the things I like about this website is the feedback it gives to the children. When the children give an incorrect answer, it gently lets them know. I purposely typed 72 instead of 73 into the table above. The number turned red. Once I clicked "OK," I was able to type the correct response. 
Then this cute little guy congratulated me!
I love the way Happy Numbers helps the children see the parts step by step before it requires the children to show mastery of the skill.

The above screenshots first show how each 3 digit number is broken up into place value (which appear one by one in the animation), then the children are later asked to compare the numbers without breaking the numbers down for the children. It builds at a good rate for little learners.

These screenshots show a couple more activities the children do at Happy Numbers.


Here are a couple more screen shots from the teacher screen. (Names are blocked, of course!)

Oh yes, and teachers can print certificates. 😊
My favorite things about Happy Numbers:

1. The activities are varied and fun for the children, advancing the complexity of math skills slowly so the children don't even realize they're building their math skills!

2. The children can work independently. They can easily log in, and with a click they proceed to fun math building skills. It makes for a great independent work station while the teacher works with individuals or small groups.

3. The teacher can easily see if the children are spending time on the program, and if they are having success.

4. It gives children immediate feedback on their accuracy.

5. Did I mention it was fun for the kiddos?

My Least Favorite Thing About Happy Numbers:

1. It only goes up through second grade skills. Most of my second graders fit perfectly into the skills presented by Happy Numbers, but I have a few students that are very advanced, and could use some exposure to upper level skills. 

Maybe if we try, we can convince Happy Numbers to extend their programming through the upper elementary grades?

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