COURSE NO. MAT309
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COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE NOTES
Scheduling Suggestions: see notes
BOOKS AND MATERIALS
Math U See Gamma : Student Kit
Math U See Publ.; Student kit includes student text and test booklet; See www.mathusee.com for placement tests, complete tables of contents, and scope and sequence lists. 30 lessons; 4 final reviews/exams.
"Focus: Single and Multiple digit Multiplication. PREREQUISITE: The student should have completed the ALPHA and BETA Curricula, or mastered single and multiple digit addition and subtraction." www.mathusee.com
Main focus for the year is multiplication, from simple skipcounting through threedigit multiplication. Includes rounding, estimating, finding the area or a rectangle, common measurements, finding factors.

Math U See Gamma : Instruction Pack
Math U See Publ.; Contains the Teacher Manual, and the video in either DVD or VHS format

Math U See Publ.; “The initial Starter Set is an 80piece set of colorful, base 10, stacking blocks used to teach all aspects of arithmetic. These are also used with the Inserts to illustrate beginning algebra and decimals.”  www.mathusee.com
One set per family. This manipulative set is necessary to the Math U See program and is used from the first level through the Algebra 1 level of Math U See.

Math in a Flash Multiplication flashcards
Edupress
These are the Cadillacs of flashcardsthey go from 0 to 12's; each fact family has its own color; the cards are drilled in the corners, to be threaded onto the metal snaptogether book rings included in the box. Their crowning aspect, though, is that on the front of the cards are the stacked math fact problems, without the answer showing; on the back, in the same color, size and shape, is the same stacked math fact problem with the answer showing. This makes it so easy to build visual memory of the math facts! So...
Drill one fact family per day, rotating through the 0's through 12's.
Have the student lay a single fact family out in order, answer side of the cards face up. Have the student read through the cards two or three timesproblem and answertapping the numbers as he goes. Talk about the patterns and sequences he notices in the numbers. Now have him read through the answers only, very quickly, tapping the answers as he reads them. This is practicing "skip counting". Now scoop up the fact family in order and do flashcard work with the answer showing; have the student read the complete problem and answer to you. Next, mix up the fact family and repeat the last step. NOW flip the cards over and do standard flashcard work, withoutthe answer side showing, having the student respond with the answer only.
Learning Wrapups and Math Shark are other great enhancements for teaching math facts, also available from Rainbow Resource.
(Note: Addition facts should be mastered by the end of Grade 3. Multiplication facts should be mastered by the end of Grade 4. If these targets have not been met, then more aggressive action will be needed: Calculadders, MathIt, TimezAttack! or the like.)

LESSON PLANNER
WEEK A
Preparatory Week A: Use this school week to gather the materials for this course and thoroughly read the book notes, course notes, and, if applicable, the weekly lesson plan in your St. Thomas Aquinas Academy curriculum guide.
WEEK B
Preparatory Week B: Use this school week to complete Preparatory Week A and explore the materials for this course. Flip through all of this course’s materials. Make mental notes about the design and organization the resources for the course (editor’s notes, table of contents, maps, charts, forms, appendices, glossaries, bibliographies, end notes, internet supports, etc.).
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Preparatory Week C
Preparatory Week C: This is a bonus week. Use it for Semester 1 catchup, corrections, review, assessment testing, standardized testing, or semester reporting (Semester 1 reporting packets are due February 28th). Welcome/assessment packets for the upcoming school year may be ordered as early January 10th. Families are strongly encouraged to complete and return assessment tests by April
WEEK D
Preparatory Week D
Preparatory Week D: This is a second bonus week. Complete Preparatory Week C or begin the Semester 2 course plan.
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