Friday, September 16, 2016

Just a reminder....

Just a reminder about how the math fact testing will work this year!

In this packet are the sets of facts for your child to study to prepare for our timed tests. The sets of facts are labeled from Level A to Level S. We will begin with addition, then move on to subtraction. All students will start on Level A and will have their first test on Level A on Thursday. Please keep in mind that with the addition facts, students are responsible for learning the “turn around” facts as well. For example, if the packet says they need to learn 3+2=5, they also need to learn 2+3=5.

Each timed test will have 25 facts on it, and the students will have 2 minutes to work on those facts.  In order to pass each level, students need to answer correctly at least 22 of the 25 facts. Students who score 22 or higher will move on to the next level on our next testing day. Students who score less than 22 will continue to study the same set of facts and will get another opportunity to pass that level on our next testing day. Math fact tests will be given on Tuesday and Thursday each week.

Here are a few tips for studying math facts with your child:
1- Flashcards are great and don’t need to be fancy or expensive. You (and/or your child) can make your own set of flashcards for the level he/she is currently studying.

2- If you notice your child is struggling with a particular fact, it can help to have your child write that fact five times.

3- If you are studying orally, have your child say the whole number sentence (“3 + 2 =5”) instead of just saying 5. This strategy trains the brain to learn the fact better.  

Please try to make studying math facts a part of your child’s nightly homework routine, even if it is just for a few minutes. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your child’s teacher. We look forward to partnering with you to help your child master their Second Grade math facts.

Thank you for your support!

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