First of all, I want to apologize for the delay in my response. I've been busy with the holidays and somehow this was lost in the shuffle!! Sorry!
I understand the problem with missing numbers. Since I have been assessing my students on it for quite a few years now, I have learned to really start at the very beginning of the year, after the BOY test. I always prepare myself to know that they will do HORRIBLY on the BOY test because it's completely new to them. (The skip counting is new and doing pencil/paper is new!) So then, after BOY test, I jump in and start doing a quick practice at the beginning of my math lesson everyday. Doing kind of a "think aloud" type thing where I show them how I figure out the pattern, then how I find the missing number. It's slow going, believe me! Then, I start doing missing number for morning work and homework A LOT! The more they practice, the better they do, I promise! Let me add one more thing, I personally believe that the better they are at their NUMBER FACTS, the better they will be at missing number. It's my own personal "research-based" philosophy, but I truly believe that if they are good at their number facts, they do better in ALL of the other areas. So I also focus a lot on number facts. (this helps qty discrim too!)
Last year I decided I was going to step things up even more this year and that's why I created this packet. This is my first year using this actual packet. I use the "Mixed Practice" sheets for morning work, every single day. They get sick of it...but, I don't care. THey are so much better already! There are 20 versions of the sheet, so after 20 days, they are starting back over with number 1, but they don't know they are the same! (It's been 20 days! It's practice!)
Then, the other sheets I use for homework. Five days in the week = 5 mClass tests. Monday night=number facts, Tuesday=missing number, Wednesday=Qty Discrim, Thursday=Computation, Friday=Concepts. This is how I've chosen to do it for now, but if you wanted, you could focus on one skill for weeks at a time and only send home that skill for homework. Again, there are not a zillion different sheets, but I just reuse them. Since I only send home number facts on Monday nights, it will take 5 weeks for them to come back to the 1st one again. Make sense? I just keep reusing them. They are all in a binder and I pull out and copy what I need weekly.
I have noticed a HUGE improvement in where my kids are right now compared to where my kids were at this time of the year last year. I have almost my entire class passing number facts at this point when I progress monitor and at least half passing missing number.
I can't take all of the credit, I know that since they bring it home daily and the parents see what they need to work on, the parents are helping too! Plus I honestly think they kids just WANT to get faster so they can get their morning work/homework DONE! Plus they want to get it right so I don't make them redo it. They hate that!
Don't get me wrong, there are a few kids that are still having a hard time and I just take any chance I get to give them a little extra one-on-one practice to show them examples of how to do missing number.
I hope all of this helps!!!
December 28, 2013