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# Timed math drills....

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I don't want to start an argument, and I know how many of you are against math drills and that is okay!  In fact, I hate drilling math.  BUT.... Supposedly a third grader (by the end of the year) should be able to do 30 multiplication problems in a minute.  My son can only do about 40 in 5 minutes (so 8 a minute roughly).  Now, when they are not on a sheet of paper or when they are part of a bigger problem, he can do math mentally and pretty quickly.

Last year our evaluator gave him a short, timed math test and I have a feeling she will do so again this year.  I want him to be ready because timed-tests make him cry.

Anyway, we are beginning to work on drills a bit at a time.  Does anyone have any cool game websites that we can use?

UPDATE:  We have been practicing these timed drills for a week now.  He has moved from getting 22 problems in 5 minutes to (this morning) exactly double! He did 44 correct in 5 minutes!  YAY!

Plus we found a few helpful games:

At sheppherdsoftware.com we found a game called pop up multiplication which you can choose exactly the facts you are having problems with (in Zave's case the 7's and 8's):  http://sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/popup/popup_multiplication.htm

and we found germs multiplication and germs math mashup that are both pretty fun!

http://k12.http.internapcdn.net/k12_vitalstream_com/CURRICULUM/316351/CURRENT_RELEASE/CompFluencyMultiplication.html

And

http://k12.http.internapcdn.net/k12_vitalstream_com/CURRICULUM/381894/CURRENT_RELEASE/Comp_Fluency_xGerms.html

by on Feb. 11, 2014 at 12:06 PM
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by on Feb. 18, 2014 at 6:41 PM
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Make it about beating himself and not the clock.

Give him a sheet with 50 on it... and tell him to do as many as he can in 3 minutes.

Whatever that number is... YAY!
A couple days later do it again and try to get more done than the previous time.

I always hate timed things too, and it stems from those drill sheets when I was in 1st grade.

by Silver Member on Feb. 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM
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Luckily our state doesn't require testing or I don't knwo what I'd do.

Quoting tansyflower:

i wish i could help!  timed math drills literally killed my spirit as a child.  hopefully someone can link you info on a fun way to do it.

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I will not pout, scream or shout or kick against the door.

I will not throw my food around nor pick upon another.

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by Silver Member on Feb. 18, 2014 at 7:31 PM

@the update, that's great to hear!

by Group Admin on Feb. 18, 2014 at 9:15 PM
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Quoting paganbaby:

@the update, that's great to hear!

Thanks!  I'm pretty proud!  :-)

by Sonja on Feb. 19, 2014 at 4:24 PM
Have you asked your evaluator if you could have a verbal, timed test this time around?
by Group Admin on Feb. 19, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Quoting kirbymom: Have you asked your evaluator if you could have a verbal, timed test this time around?

I haven't because last year she handed Zave his test while she talked to Levi and gave Levi his test while she talked to Zave.  She's not one to "waste" time on the evaluations.  Last year our eval for both kids took about an hour (most of my friends say they take an hour per kid).

We've taken this week off of everything but math and language arts.  They are playing math games like they're goin out of style! LOL  I'm hoping to have him up to speed by then...we'll see how it goes.