Mental Math Anyone?
Okay, I admit that when I hear the phrase "Mental Math" I automatically think that kids will have a hard time with it. Our county is really pushing that we do this with our kids each day. They even gave us a few examples. So, what does a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher do? I tried one. My kids did
First of all words like "double it" and "half it" was stumping them. I was shocked. I thought that since we have been multiplying and dividing they would understand what that meant. I guess because this concept showed up in a new format and with new words they were confused. Now they are good to go on that.
Before even doing multiple step mental math problems, I had to back up and have them practice what makes combinations of ten, doubles, doubles plus one, and doubles minus one. Once they had a better grasp of that I then began to slowly introduce multiple step problems that involved the four operations. They can't get enough of it and they BEG for it. I'm not kidding.
You all get to have a sneak peek at something I am working on that will be turned into a game and probably much larger resource. I'd love you to weigh in on if this is something you would use and what you think about it. I have a grade level in mind but don't want to put that yet. I'd love for you all to let me know what grade you think is appropriate for this particular page of practice. Enjoy the free download and don't forget to leave a comment. This will help me as I put together an awesome resource for you all!