Math Facts: We have slowly started timed tests for our multiplication facts. They will have 2 minute to complete 44 problems. Once they pass their assigned number, the next day is a mixed set of what they have already passed. For example, once they pass 2's, they will have 0-2 mixed and then the next day move on to just 3's. Then 0-3 and so on, all the way to 12. After they pass 12 they will have mixed problems and then eventually on to division. If they don't pass a certain number after 3 attempts, I will be sending home extra homework for that night where they have to write them out 9 times each! I suggest having them study the “old school” way- say them as they write them multiple times. Below are some helpful tips for math fact mastery.
Teach a Limited Number of Math Facts at a Time
There is a big difference between figuring out the answer and memorizing facts. If students have too many facts to learn at one time, they fall back on figuring out the answer. Instead, we want them to REMEMBER the answers without having to figure them out.
Only add more facts to learn as the previous set has been mastered
Once they have learned a set a set of facts to mastery, then add two or three more facts to be learned. Student success is greatest when they have only two or three things to learn in a sea of material they have already mastered.
Students should memorize facts in a way that forms a verbal chain
Students should practice by saying the whole problem and the answer aloud. In this way, students memorize a verbal chain. As a result of this kind of practice, students hear/see 8x7 and can’t stop from saying/writing 56.
Mastery = automaticity
Automaticity is the ability to say the answer to a problem immediately after reading the fact. There should be no hesitation.
A routine for daily practice sessions should be in place
Practice sessions should be shortStudents cannot maintain focus on drill for more than 2-4 minutes at a time. Practice sessions may occur more than one time during the day, but should remain short.
We finished up Chapter 2 this week and will have our test next Friday. Remember that there is extra credit for flash cards!!
Test Friday on pp. B58-69
This week we started the Social Emotional Learning curriculum. This is part of the Social Thinking Curriculum from Michelle Garcia Winner. Students learned how to become social detectives, to help themselves and friends learn socially acceptable behavior and to be a good friend. Students also learned that there are many different ways to be "smart"- called "multiple intelligences."
MAP Testing for 3A is Tuesday 1/16, Thursday 1/18, Friday 1/19.