Singapore Math: Number Sense and Computational Strategies

Learn how to make math purposeful, interesting and relevant. This course will help you discover how to use concrete, pictorial and abstract strategies to make addition, subtraction, multiplication and division a cinch for any student.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting  April 17, 2024
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Course code: 4ns

Singaporean teachers make math purposeful, interesting, and relevant using a layered curriculum founded on solid number sense and concrete, pictorial, and abstract computational strategies. This course will introduce numerous strategies to create meaningful math lessons of your own.

You will be introduced to what Singapore Math is and how it has become such a powerful and highly regarded math curriculum. Then you discover how number sense and place value instruction are the basis for all Singapore Math. From there, you will learn a variety of computational strategies to make addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division a cinch.

You won't need a passport to discover the curriculum of the world's math leader!

What you will learn

  • Learn what Singapore Math is and how it has become such a powerful and highly regarded math curriculum
  • Understand how number sense and place value instruction are the basis for all Singapore Math
  • Learn a variety of computational strategies to make addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division a cinch

How you will benefit

  • Become more confident in your ability to teach even those students who really struggle with math
  • Learn a new way to teaching math that can make your students excited to learn
  • Achieve better overall classroom results in mathematics

How the course is taught

  • Instructor-Moderated or Self-Guided online course
  • 6 Weeks or 3 Months access
  • 24 course hours

Get ready to learn the revolutionary curriculum from Singapore, one of the world's math leaders! This lesson introduces Singapore Math, the number sense instruction that it revolves around, and how number sense and Singapore computation can help you reach your students.

Singapore Math takes number sense to the next level. It integrates number sense into every computation by building a solid foundation on concrete, pictorial, and abstract number sense activities. This lesson explores Singapore's number sense instruction in detail.

Ready to learn how Singapore Math brings place value instruction to life? Place value instruction shows how a number can occupy different places in an equation and represent different quantities in doing so. If your students love games, you're sure to enjoy this concrete way of learning about place value.

Addition is such a basic part of math, but surprisingly, many students struggle with this operation. In this lesson, you will learn three impressive Singapore Math addition strategies and use place value mats and disks to complete all of your addition problems.

Imagine that your students have been working with mats and disks for a while, and they're ready for more advanced addition strategies. That's when you will be glad you know about branching, left-to-right addition, and vertical addition, the three strategies you will meet in this lesson.

Once students are comfortable doing addition, it's time to move on to subtraction. It may come as no surprise that this lesson starts with subtraction on your place value mats. As you did with addition, you will start with single-digit problems that don't require regrouping.

This lesson introduces more advanced subtraction strategies. You will practice subtraction with branching and with the traditional algorithm. You will build on previous knowledge of how branching builds on the work you laid with the mats.

Now that you have mastered two operations using Singaporean computational strategies, it's time to turn your attention to multiplication strategies that double the learning. You guessed it—you will begin by using your place value mats to complete simple multiplication problems.

While the place value mats are a great start with multiplication, they aren't the only strategy. In this lesson, you will meet model drawing, multiplication through the distributive property, and area model multiplication, three inventive strategies for looking at multiplication.

Are you ready to tackle division? Often considered the hardest of the four core mathematical operations, division sometimes gets the short end of the stick. There are a number of ways that you can make this operation click for the struggling learner, so this lesson starts with place value mats and disks.

This lesson is all about computational strategies, so you will take your division skills to the next level. You will see the distributive property in action, partial quotient division, and short division. Each of these strategies has a Singaporean twist that makes it particularly powerful and innovative.

Now that you these new computational strategies at your disposal, you may be wondering how you bring this together in the classroom. This lesson will answer this question. You will create a portable toolkit you can use to share Singapore Math with your students and other teachers at your school.

Anni Stipek

Anni Stipek holds bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education from University of Puget Sound. She has more than 20 years of experience in the K-12 classroom and worked as a Staff Development for Educators math consultant for five years. She has written and facilitates numerous online courses, including "The Foundations of Singapore Math Model Drawing Grades 1-6" and "The Foundations of Singapore Math Number Sense/Computation Strategies Grades 1-6."

Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Instructor-Moderated: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.​

Self-Guided: Your course begins immediately after you enroll.​

Instructor-Moderated: Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends. You will interact with the instructor through the online discussion area. There are no live sessions or online meetings with the instructor.

Self-Guided: You have 3 months of access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period. You will have the opportunity to interact with other students in the online discussion area.

Instructor-Moderated: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you're encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release. However, you will have access to all lessons from the time they are released until the course ends.​

Self-Guided: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons within the allotted access period. Discussion areas for each lesson are open for the entire duration of the course.

Instructor-Moderated: Students enrolled in a six-week online class benefit from a one-time, 10-day extension for each course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.​

Self-Guided: Because this course is self-guided, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.