I believe daily warm-ups and spiral review are extremely important when it comes to helping students be successful in math.
I start off the year with place value and other simple skill review to get students started. These math reviews can be used in a variety of ways. For me, I usually set a timer for about 5-7 minutes. My students pick up a math review sheet as they walk into class (or it is up on my smart board) and they know to get straight to work in their math journals.
I usually go over the math reviews right afterwards and I vary out the way I go over the reviews throughout the year to keep my students engaged.
- 8 days worth working on the same skills: subtraction with decimals, division with models, and strip diagram multiplication,(conceptual understanding)
- Student self evaluation
*Students will draw a specific smiley face after answering each question. This has been a very powerful tool as they reflect on their own learning. This will also give you, as the teacher, a quick assessment
- A mental math section (I usually read these out 3-4 times)
*I have seen my students’ mental math grow throughout the year with practice!
- A quiz hitting the skills the students were able to practice for 8 days.
*This is a great tool for pulling small groups
- Teacher key which highlights important concepts
*I hope the color coding can help guide you in really hitting the important concepts of each warm-up question that aligns to the standards
**I would greatly appreciate an honest review! Leave a comment!**
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