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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Math Facts

I was asked how I handle math facts. Well... I do believe that my kiddos need to memorize the basic math facts in order to be successful with double digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping...so... I start PIG Math the first week of school! I usually expect my students to write in their best handwriting on their assignments, however, they can be little pigs on PIG Writing. They are writing as fast as they can... so I don't expect great handwriting, however, I have to be able to read it :) (Hence, the name... PIG Math)

PIG Math takes 30 seconds to complete. I take 30 seconds before the timing for the kids to practice one time through with their PIG Phones.

"Pig Phones in the air... ready, set go (30 seconds)... PIG phones down... PIG pencils up (in the air to show me everyone is ready) "Go, PIG writers (30 seconds)... STOP! PIG pencils in the air... honesty counts! Drop your pencil to the ground... pass your paper to your table leader. Let's hand them in!"

I correct the papers daily. If they get 100% or all 12 correct... I draw a star on their quiz, move their magnet (on my progress chart) and place the quiz it on their desk first thing in the morning. That way they know that they have passed the quiz and have permission to get the next quiz for that day. My kids are on all different quizzes and it's not a problem. Math facts can be individualize without being a pain for the teacher ;) I don't like to hold them all back because a few don't have the skill mastered yet. When I have an extra second or two... I pull those kiddos aside with flashcards and help them with the PIG Writing quiz they are on. My requirements for each term are:

Term 1 - +0+1+2+3+4+5 1Review

Term 2 - -1-2-3-4-5 2Review

Term 3 - +6+7+8+9+10+11 3 Review

Term 4 - -6 -7 -8 -9 -10-11 4 Review

Wow... that was a long post... sorry... if you're interested the entire year of PIG Math is at my TpT store. Good Luck!!


Risawahoo said...

Lory, What do the kids do with the whisper phones?

Lory said...

They just read through their PIG Math quiz before they take the test. For example, they would say," 4+2=6...5+2=7...9+2=11..." I tell them they are telling their brain the answer before the test... so be sure it is the correct one :) I see it as another way to practice the facts AND become familiar with the 30 seconds. The whisper phones help with the noise level... since everyone is reciting their own PIG Math... it might be a bit loud. The phone allows them to 'whisper' it in their ear up to their brain ;) To tell you the truth, I did it for years without the phones...the phones have just been a great addition.

Mrs. Bussey said...

Thanks- this is so awesome! I am moving to second next year from first and am finding your site SO helpful in preparing. This really helps to see how you organize this. I absolutely LOVE it!

Georgeanne said...

Is this similar to Rocket Math?

sarah said...

Awesome idea!

enail said...

Thank you for sharing! This is a great idea!

Melissa said...

I'm a first grade teacher but I did something similar the 2nd semester this year. But I only tested them once a week and for more than 30 seconds. So I love this idea! Curious- do the kids ever notice when one friend's number is way behind theirs or is not progressing?
F is For First Grade

Paula Mooney said...

Purchased your kit and am using it in my class. Ended up organizing it by using hanging file folders in a portfolio. Would love the progress report clipart. Can you share? Thanks, Paula paulamooney@cogeco.ca

Anonymous said...

I have been searching for a way to organize my students' success in their math facts! Thanks for the idea!! Can't wait to show them next week.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lory. PIG Math is fabulous! I want to download the whole kit but I can't find it on tpt. I've typed in your name and "PIG Math". Is it still there? Also, does it come with the rectangles for the progress chart? Again-love your work!
Vivian, Australia.

Tracy said...

I have been using PIG math successfully the past month. My kiddos LOVE it!!
I LOVE how easy it is to check and mark who has passed what...THANK YOU

Emily said...

Hi Lory! I hope you don't mind, but I did a little commercial for Pig Math over on my blog (See "Pig Math" post). I love it...check out the rack card I made to go with it. =)

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