# Number Sense

**Topics:**Mathematics, Elementary arithmetic, Number

**Pages:**2 (419 words)

**Published:**December 26, 2010

* Addition and subtraction: using money to buy items

* Multiplication and division: sharing lollies among friends * Fractions and percentages: cutting a pizza to equally share among a their family Mathematical calculations which are derived from meaningful and authentic situations promote the learning and helps children to develop skills that help them to makes sense of numbers. This in turn encourages students to reflect on the new knowledge and skills that they have acquired to cross check their findings, ensuring that they have completely understood to process to achieving the correct answer (Reys, Lindquist, Lambdin & Smith, 2009). Students who explore mathematical equations using meaningful situations will develop ways to adapt and apply formulas to enable them to practically apply it to real life. Teaching mathematics needs to focuses on engaging students using real mathematical problem. (Booker, Bond, Sparrow & Swan, 2004). Promoting number sense in the classroom using authentic activities can be done using hands on activities such as: 1. Creating a scenario and asking students to act it, for example buying and selling. This activity would allow students to make calculation using methods of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. 2. Making jelly cups using different colours in to show fractions...

References: Booker, G., Bond, D., Sparrow, L. & Swan, P. (2004). Teaching primary mathematics. Frenchs Forest: Pearson Education

Reys, R, Lindquist, M, Lambdin, D, & Smith, N. (2009). Helping children learn Mathematics. USA: Wiley

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