These are the basic single digit Multiplication 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 C, I have outlined the new facts in red.
Students practice orally with a partner, reading and answering 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–which are only the facts learned up to this level. Each student has individual goals based on writing speed, but no one can pass a level if there are any errors. You must 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. To the right you can see the sequence of facts that will be learned in the Multiplication 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.
Students need to know that six-eighths is equivalent to three-fourths and that four-twelfths is equivalent to one-third. While they can calculate these, it is very helpful to know the most common equivalent fractions by memory. One of the most common problems students have in fractions is not “reducing their answers to simplest form.”
Here’s a 5 minute Educreations lessons on How the Equivalent Fractions program works.
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Equivalent fractions will help students commit 100 common equivalent fractions to memory. Each set (A through Z) has four fractions which are displayed on a fraction number line. Students frequently learn fractions equivalent to one,such as ten-tenths, as well as fractions that can’t be reduced, for example three-fourths is equivalent to three-fourths. Using the fraction number line will help with student understanding of why those fractions are equivalent.
Click here for the full sequence of 100 Equivalent fractions that students will learn in this program.
Equivalent fractions, Factors, and Integers, are all pre-algebra programs that are appropriate for middle school students who already know the basic facts.
Mixed Integers displays problems on a vertical number line and then teaches students two rules about how to solve problems that add or subtract positive and negative numbers.
Rule 1: When you add a positive number OR subtract a negative number, go UP.
Rule 2: When you subtract a positive number OR add a negative number, go DOWN.
Students learn how these rules play out when starting with a positive number and a negative number, gradually learn these two variations of all four types of problems. They learn to solve a problem type using the number line and then to recognize the pattern of each problem type by working several examples of each type. This practice gives them a chance to build fluency with each problem type as they work with their partner on the top half of the page. You will probably not be surprised that there is a one-minute test on each set. The goals are slightly different than before. Students are to be 100% accurate and to meet or beat their goal from the special writing speed test for mixed integers.
8 online lessons teach students how each type of problem is solved and why it is correct.
(1) Mixed Integers Set A1 Positive add a positive
(2) Mixed Integers Set A2 Positive subtract a positive
(3) Mixed Integers Set D Negative add a positive
(4) Mixed Integers Set G Negative subtract a positive
(5) Mixed Integers Set J Negative subtract a negative
(6) Mixed Integers Set M Positive subtract a negative
(7) Mixed Integers Set P Positive add a negative
Skip counting is the best way for students to prepare for multiplication. Students practice with a partner who has the answers. Because of the way the rockets go around the page, students and their checkers will have to pick up the pages and turn them as they are working. You’ll be able to see if they are really engaged and they will have fun turning the page around. Students learn part of each sequence on a page, then the next page they learn the rest. For example: in Set O students learn to count by 3s to 12, then in Set P they learn to count by 3s to 21, and then in Set Q they learn to count by 3s to 30. The test in the center has them write the count-by series they have learned for one-minute and they need to meet or beat their best–just like the rest of Rocket Math. Here is the sequence students will learn in this order: 2s, 5s, 10s, 9s, 4s, 25s (so they can count quarters), 3s, 8s, 7s, and 6s. Probably our most fun product.
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