Ccover shot of Number Sense Student Packet

Adults who are beginning math learners sometimes find themselves left behind by high school equivalency curricula, or stuck trying to memorize their way through calculations they don’t understand. What will help these learners is a conceptually-focused, cognitively rigorous curriculum that supports them in developing number sense. Number sense is the ability to break down and recombine numbers in useful ways, based on a conceptual understanding of how numbers work. Developing number sense can help beginning learners improve their mathematical fluency without memorization, while building a solid foundation for later study.

The math content of this resource was developed for ABE level math students (approximately GLE 2–4). While adult students at this math level may have any level of reading, the student materials were designed to be used by adults with a reading level GLE 2 or above. To keep things accessible, however, the text in the Student Packet is kept to a minimum, so it can be used with students who are beginning and intermediate English Learners as well with those at an ABE reading level.

The Student Packet was designed to be used by students while they attend remote, synchronous classes. Most of the activities in each unit work best when done synchronously, but the routines, once established, could be assigned for homework.

For PD support in using this resource, we invite you to sign up for our online workshop Teaching Number Sense for Beginning Math Learners (GLE 2-4) on June 4, 2021.

Topic Area
ABE/Adult Education
Blended Learning
College and Career Readiness
College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE)
Digital Literacy
Distance Learning
High School Equivalency (HiSET/GED)
Learning Disabilities
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy
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PD Center
SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center