1. Estimate the number of peanuts in this jar.
2. A box contains some buttons. Four people estimate the number of buttons in the box. Their estimates were 212, 203, 200 and 186.
One of the estimates was nine out, one was eight out, one was seventeen out and the other estimate was five out.
How many buttons were in the box?
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Teacher, do your students have access to computers such as tablets, iPads or Laptops? This page was really designed for projection on a whiteboard but if you really want the students to have access to it here is a concise URL for a version of this page without the comments: Transum.org/go/?Start=September17 However it would be better to assign one of the student interactive activities below. 

Here is the URL which will take them to an interactive estimating activity.