Tools
for Success: Math Operations
Knowledge of basic math algorithms and operations are important
factors for success in mathematics. Often students who are experiencing
difficulty in mathematics are students who have not mastered the
basic math algorithms and operations at a speed and accuracy rate
that allow them to solve word problems efficiently. Many students
know what operation to use to solve word problems, but often make
errors with fluency and accuracy when doing calculations. This
lack of basic math knowledge significantly affects students’
success with problem solving. They make errors such as setting
up subtraction problems with the small number on top or errors
with regrouping incorrectly. Students often are not organized
in their approach to solving a problem and have difficulty keeping
track of what they are doing as they solve a problem in each column.
Students who do not know the steps for basic computation will
experience difficulty with extended responses on math tests where
they are required to explain the steps they used to solve a problem.
The focus
of the Tools for Success Math Operations modules is on specific
direct instruction strategies and repeated practice for learning
basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication algorithms and
operations that teachers, parents, and homework providers can
use to increase student success in computation. The direct instruction
strategies provided in this program provide a carefully planned
sequence of instruction, generalizable strategies, and procedures
for practice, review, and mastery. These math operations modules
are nonage specific and may be used each year to “tuneup”
students’ basic computation skills as they become more fluent
and accurate problem solvers. Students and teachers can chart
individual progress on the progress chart found inside the front
cover of the student workbook.
A 15 to 20
minute daily routine of instruction and independent written practice
offers the students consistent practice that is efficient, interesting,
and motivating with a minimum amount of marking required of the
teacher. The modules can be used as part of your daily math lesson,
as an easy to use homework program, or in out of class tutoring
sessions. Clear routines and procedures provide students with
special needs an easy to use format and help them develop the
organizational skills for successful problem solving.
Program Components
 Teacher
Presentation Book for each operation with scripted lessons and
reproducible blackline masters for placement tests with answer
key, mastery tests with answer key, and certificate of achievement
for completing the module at mastery.
 Answer
key for daily lesson pages and for extra practice pages.
 Consumable
student books that include daily lesson pages and extra practice
pagesone book
for each operation.
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