Mixed Practice A Blackline
- Variety of critical thinking and problem solving skills - typically for grades K-2
- Each exercise stresses a different age-appropriate thinking skill
- For children in grades K-2
- Third-page cardstock taskcards and paper answer keys
- Fifteen separate exercises with about ten questions each
Mixed skills encompassing a variety of first and second grade skills. Two-digit numeration and place value, interpreting number lines, simple number sentences with unknowns in any position, age-appropriate operations, time to quarter hour, money with dimes and pennies and some nickels, word problems.
Cardstock variant is used for individualized work students may access as needed. As with many educational labs, students record their answers on a separate sheet of paper and then return the taskcard for other students to use. Because repeated use is anticipated, lamination or sheet protectors without tabs are recommended for the cardstock pages. Full-page cardstock can be stored in portable literature display (landscape orientation), and third and half-page cardstock can be cut and stored in 9" x 3" plastic organizer. Separate paper answer pages can be stored in a binder or separate file.
Blackline masters are good for whole-group instruction, homework, tutoring sessions, and assessments. Because they are used to reproduce worksheets for multiple students, they include copyright for a given site. (However, copyright does not permit sharing among different sites.) Blacklines may be stored in a file or binder and kept in the copy room for teachers to copy for their class as needed. Teachers usually keep a copy of the answer pages in a separate file or binder in the classroom.
Same masters as shipped blackline masters, but emailed as a downloadable digital PDF file to the purchaser's email address. Since no paper or shipping is needed, digital PDFs can be offered for a lower price. Digital PDFs are copyrighted and allow only limited access. As is the case for shipped blackline masters, masters printed from digital PDFs may be shared among teachers at a single site.
The teacher's experience and the sequence of skills in the students' basic math program are the best guides in determining which skills should be introduced first. In general, the scope and sequence chart above can be used as a guide.
A number of sets for younger children are "color coded." Some teachers present all the levels with an exercise set, while others prefer to present all the blue (two-digit) exercises, progress to the pink (three-digit), and culminate with the green (four-digit).
Other skills such as Roman Numerals require no prerequisites other rhan an understanding of place value. Such exercises can be presented any time.
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