The Addition 1s-9s Learning Track is one of the 4 included in the Basic Level subscription.

These are the basic single digit Addition facts 1s through 9s. Each of the 26 levels, A through Z, introduces two facts and their reverses. You can see in the picture above of Set B, I have outlined the new facts in red.

Students practice orally with a partner. They read and answer the facts going around the outside of the sheet. The partner has the answer key. Then the two students switch roles. After practice everyone takes a one minute test on the facts in the box. The test includes only the facts learned up to this level. Each student has individual goals based on writing speed. Students cannot pass a level if there are any errors. Give the special Writing Speed Test to set individual goals for your students.

Students should be able to pass a level in a week, if they practice the right way. Below you can see the sequence of facts that will be learned in the Addition 1s-9s program. The program uses the four forms–that can be found in the forms and information drawer.

The most succinct way to be introduced to this program is this 8 minute video.

The Beginning Numerals Learning Track is one of 26 included in the Universal Level Worksheet program subscription, which is available to try for 60 days.

This is a beginning program for kindergarten students. You are teaching them to count objects aloud and then match the word with the numeral.

Each worksheet begins with a demonstration of counting objects and circling the numeral that matches. On Worksheet A there are two and three only to learn. The teacher demonstrates (best with a document camera so all students can see) how she counts the objects and then points out that the answer is circled.

In the “You do” portion of the worksheet after learning the numerals with the teacher, the students are asked to count the items in each box and circle the correct number. They are not asked to form the numerals–that’s numeral writing skill. They just identify the numeral and circle it. Besides cute items there are also dice to count, fingers to count and hash marks to count–so students can learn multiple ways of keeping track of numbers.

Passing a level requires 100% accuracy. Students who make any errors should be worked with until they can complete the worksheet independently and get all the items correct.

This will build strong beginning math skills for kindergarteners learning the meaning of numerals. Combined with Rocket Writing for Numerals it will set students up for success in elementary math.

In the “We do” portion of the worksheet the teacher counts the stars first as a demo and then with the students. Worksheet A you all just count 3 stars. By Worksheet S the teacher and the students are counting 12 stars together.

The Identifying Fractions Learning Track is one of 26 included in a Universal Level Worksheet program subscription, which is available to try for 60 days.

Identifying Fractions is a Learning Track to ensure that students have a firm and correct understanding of fractions. This will prepare them well for all subsequent work in fractions. They will learn the essential rule about what the numerator and denominator mean, although they won’t be working with those terms. They just learn through examples, practiced over and over.

The number on the top tells how many parts are shaded. The number on the bottom indicates the number of parts in a whole. If a whole is not divided into parts, it is a whole number.

Right from the beginning of Set A students will encounter improper fractions and mixed numbers. They will see examples of every fraction first at the top of the page before they are asked to identify it on their own. You see that students see the fraction, see the words for how we say it and they see the fraction they are to write.

Unlike other Rocket Math programs, the test and the practice items are the same. Of course the students have a page without the answers, while their partner holds the answer key. Students practice by saying aloud to their partner the fractions shown in the test. Then they take the test on those same items, but write the answer.

The fractions that students become familiar with include, halves, thirds, quarters, fifths, sixths, eighths, tenths and twelfths. They see improper fractions and mixed number with every denominator. In the beginning with the smaller denominators students see a variety of shapes for each denominator, so they learn that the identity of a fraction only has to do with the number of parts in a whole, not the shape of the display. You can see thirds as cubes and as circles and as rectangles in the examples to the right.

When students are eventually introduced to eighths, tenths and twelfths we don’t want to slow them down by having to laboriously count the number of parts in each figure. So the eighths are always displayed as two sets of four rectangles on top of each other. Tenths are displayed as two columns of five blocks with little numbers in them. Twelfths are always displayed as three sets of four rectangles on each other. Students should notice these conventions so they can quickly identify the number of parts in those figures without having to count them.

Identifying fractions has its own writing speed test, to be sure that student goals are individualized to their writing speed. By the time students complete Set Z in this program they will have a strong understanding of fractions that will be fluent. There are even 2-minute timings you can give every week or two for them to chart their progress as they get faster. This is a great program for students of any grade from second grade on up who have finished the basics for their grade level. It will really put them in good shape when dealing with fractions in later years.

The “Add-Subtract-Fact-Families-11-to-18” Learning Track is one of 26 included in a Universal Level Worksheet program subscription, which is available to try for 60 days.

A number of math programs around the country introduce math facts in families. Now Rocket Math does too! A fact family includes both addition and subtraction facts. This program is Part 2 of Fact Families, coming after Fact Families 1 to 10. You can see to the left the 18 examples of fact families taught in this program starting with Set A; 11-2, 11-9, 9+2, & 2+9. The sheet shows the sequence of learning facts in the new Rocket Math program Fact Families Part Two 11 to 18 (+, -). Each set that students learn from A to R adds just one fact family to be learned, so it isn’t too hard to remember. (That’s the Rocket Math secret ingredient!)

Learning math facts in families, is gaining in popularity these days. Logic suggests that this would be an easier way to learn. However, the research is not definitive that this is easier or a faster way to learn facts than separating the operations and learning all addition facts first and then learning all subtraction facts. But learning in fact families is a viable option, and I wanted to have it available for Rocket Math customers.

Part Two is a Best fit for second grade. These facts come after the facts in 1 to 10, typically learned in first grade, so these are best for second grade. The 25 fact families in 1s through 10s facts are just enough for one Rocket Math program. It is a good and sufficient accomplishment for first grade. With the 11 to 18 part for second grade there will be a lot of review. In fact sets S through Z are all review. I have heard that some first grades prefer to keep the numbers small but to learn both addition and subtraction–so this program accomplishes that.

I added Add-Subtract Fact Families 11 to 18 to the Universal subscription in August of 2018. As always, new programs are added to the Universal subscription without additional cost as soon as they are available.

I most sincerely want students to be successful and to enjoy (as much as possible) the necessary chore of learning math facts to automaticity. Please give me feedback when you use this new program, Add-Subtract Fact Families 11 to 18, as to how it goes for the students.

The Rocket Writing for Numerals Learning Track is one of 26 included in a Universal Level Workshop program subscription, which can be tried for 60-days.

Rocket Writing for Numerals prepares students to write numerals efficiently, quickly and legibly. There are 72 pages of practice divided into four chapters which gradually increase in difficulty. (The red “Chapter 1, Chapter 2” etc don’t show in the actual program!)

Chapter 1 starts with simply having students tracing the numerals and learning to form them in the correct manner. Students work through each of the numerals and practice them in concert with other previously learned numerals.

Chapter 2 gives more practice tracing but also requires students to learn to copy smaller examples and then write the numerals the appropriate size to fit 20 on a line.

Chapter 3 gives more practice tracing but also has students do a one-minute timing to see if they can write 20 digits in a minute.

Chapter 4 gives more practice tracing but also has students aim for writing 40 digits in one minute. Once they achieve this milestone they are fast enough for Rocket Math.

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