These short daily algebra sets were designed to build equation-solving skills gradually.
On day one, the students do Automaticity Set 1. They are called Automaticity Sets because the goal is for the student to develop each skill to such a mastery level that it becomes “automatic.” We call them Autos for short. Every fifth set introduces a new skill. Therefore, day 1 - assign Auto Set 1, day 2 - assign Auto 2, day 3 - assign Auto 3, day 4 - assign Auto Set 4, day 5 give the test over Auto Set 1. Auto Set 5 and every set that is a multiple of 5, introduces an additional skill. The student completes Autos 5 through 9, then takes the test over Set 5.
Learning rational and irrational numbers - on day one, assign Auto Set 1 AND have them copy the Real Numbers Table on the back of their paper. Have copies of Real Numbers Tables available for them to copy (included). Also have them write the perfect squares through 15 squared And the perfect cubes 1 through 5 and also 10 cubed. They will simply be copying the Real Numbers Table without understanding at this point. The Auto Sets contain questions about rational and irrational numbers in later sets to slowly develop conceptual understanding. Too much information at once is overwhelming and confusing.
I keep a tray by the door and the students know to pick up the day’s Auto Set as they walk in. This provides structure and a routine. It also gives me time to take attendance and organize. Then I begin walking around the room checking answers and helping. I check every single answer on every paper. It doesn’t take long since the Auto Sets are short. Students thrive on feedback.
This system of learning is is very effective. It slowly builds skills while allowing the student to experience success.