Provide students daily practice in mental math - supporting their understanding of key mathematical vocabulary and mental math concepts.
Daily practice fosters a supportive environment where children develop confidence with mental math, gaining accuracy and speed in solving problems, while teachers use formative assessment to measure student progress.
To start the lesson, have children work for 15 minutes in partners, or individually to answer as many of the questions as possible. Encourage students to help one another with key words or questions they do not recognize how to solve – informing them that as the weeks pass, they will develop their skills in all areas. Remind children to use jottings to solve questions, and to identify key mathematical vocabulary to help solve problems.
Afterward, take up questions, having students identify vocabulary they did not understand, or concepts they are not confident using. The rationale behind this ppt is that each day students will revisit key mathematical concepts and language so that they feel confident answering questions and develop accuracy and speed using mental math.
Lastly, use these sessions to inform your planning – supporting children with areas of mental math where they show a need.