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COURSE NO. MAT-238

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COURSE OVERVIEW

Math in a Flash flashcards, addition and/or multiplication only, three days weekly, one fact family per day.     AND/OR CalcuPak 1, usually three back-to-back days per week, using the Reverse-Timer Method.     (OR, for the older student, Math-It, done three days weekly; from Rainbow Resource or used book

COURSE NOTES

Math facts are critical to the success and speed of your student’s math mastery.  Your student has probably NOT mastered his math facts if he:  takes a long time to complete a math lesson, avoids math, is very emotional--tears or tantrums--about math, or makes a lot of "careless" errors, especially within columnar work.
 
Modern wisdom says that addition facts should be mastered in Gr. 1, subtraction facts in Gr. 2, multiplication facts in Gr. 3, and division facts in Gr. 4.  Our experience is that it takes Grades 2 and 3 to master the addition facts and Grades 3 and 4 to master the multiplication facts, and that mastery of the opposite operations, subtraction and division, are derived from the deep and sure mastery of addition and multiplication and generally need not be taught separately.  If a child has not mastered his math facts by Grade 5, then you want to get very aggressive in mastering them before year end.  If a child has not mastered his math facts by Grade 6, then you'll need to invest in some remedial programs like Math-It, Timez Attack, or Dianne Craft's Right Brain Multiplication Cards.  
 

Scheduling Suggestions: 5min/day



BOOKS AND MATERIALS

 

Math in a Flash Addition flashcards

  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

Edupress

 

 
These are the Cadillacs of flashcards:  they 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 snap-together 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 from the 0's through 12's.  Work three days weekly, back-to-back days preferably, for about five to seven minutes.
 
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 times--problem and answer--tapping 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 respond with the entire problem (i.e. "two plus seven equals nine").  Next, mix up the fact family and do flashcard work with the answer showing again, having the student respond with the entire problem.  NOW flip the cards over and do standard flashcard work, withoutthe answer side showing, having the student respond with the answer only.
 
Learning Wrap-ups and Math Shark are other great enhancements for teaching math facts, also available from Rainbow Resource.
 


 

Math in a Flash Multiplication flashcards

  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

Edupress

 

 
These are the Cadillacs of flashcards:  they 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 snap-together 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.  Work three days weekly, back-to-back days preferably, for about five to seven minutes.
 
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 times--problem and answer--tapping 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 respond with the entire problem (i.e. "two times seven equals fourteen").  Next, mix up the fact family and do flashcard work with the answer showing again, having the student respond with the entire problem.  NOW flip the cards over and do standard flashcard work, withoutthe answer side showing, having the student respond with the answer only.
 
Learning Wrap-ups and Math Shark and Timez Attack! are other great enhancements for teaching math facts, also available from Rainbow Resource.
 


Calculadders Masterpak 1 on CD-ROM

  • Author: Edwin C. Myers
  • Publisher/Copyright: : STL Distributors, 2002. .
  • ISBN: 1590570006        978-1590570005
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

CD-ROM

 

 
This is a set of timed math drills: pre-writing technique, numeral formation, simple math facts, then long multiplication and long division practice.  This program can be used for Grades K - 4 very nicely, or for remediation for the older student.  It is on CD-Rom so you can print out as many copies of the drills as necessary--usually about 10 for each level new to the student's abilities.  It is a very friendly visual format, making it preferable to most speed drills, speed drills generally being too small and too crowded to appeal to anyone--student or teacher!
 
For math fact remediation, start at the very beginning of the math sections.  Use the Reverse Timer Method for timing the drill: instead of setting the timer for the given goal (given at the bottom of each drill sheet), set the timer moving when the student starts the drill and time how long it takes him to complete the sheet.  The next day, he needs to beat his own time, and continue to beat his own time, day by day, until he achieves the original time goal given on the drill sheet.  Whenever the student meets the time goal, move to the next drill level (after celebrating his success!).  If the student cannot accomplish a level, add flashcards and other supports for awhile, then try again.  If nothing seems to work, call your advisor.


 

Math in a Flash Division flashcards

  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

Edupress

 



 

Math in a Flash Subtraction flashcards

  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

Edupress

 



 

 




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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