Additional Math Pages & Resources

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Getting creative in your classroom this St. Patrick's Day!

Here at Excel Math we love to offer you fun math ideas that celebrate different holidays. 
 
One fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is to download our Base Ten Shamrock Cards

Base ten cards are extremely useful in helping students identify and add or subtract numbers. Cut out the shamrocks and let students figure out how many more are needed to make 10 on each card.
 
Or enlarge the shamrocks and have your students cut them out and use them to create math flashcards.

You can even have your students create story problems that go with each card: Patty had 8 shamrocks, he gave 3 shamrocks to his little brother. How many shamrocks does Patty have now?

At Excel Math, we use real-world word problems, helping the students make connections with math in their own lives. 

On the right is an example of an expanded word problem (called Create A Problem) included in our 2nd - 6th Grade math sheets. Click on the image for a larger view.

Some Excel Math lesson sheets are designed for the students to CREATE and SOLVE their own word problems. 

When students are able to imagine their own math stories, they are gaining a better understanding of how literacy and math go hand in hand. 

You may want to bring in cupcakes or muffins with green sprinkles and ask your students to create math story problems about sharing the food among several students. 

Let the students act out the story problem to check their answers. Then divide the treats among the class.

One last classroom idea: download our adorable St. Patrick's Day (at right) or "Math Madness" bulletin board. You can have your class work together to solve the equations and then add them to your bulletin board display to showcase your students' wonderful work!

Our promotional period is going on right now. We want to pay your shipping on orders over $60 to the lower 48 states! From now through May 15 when you pay in full, let Excel Math pay your shipping!

Visit our website or give us a call at 866-866-7026 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. West Coast Time. A friendly person will always answer!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Visit Excel Math at ASCD in Anaheim

Visit Excel Math at ASCD Anaheim
On March 24, administrators and educators from around the country will gather in beautiful Anaheim, California for the ASCD Empower 17 Conference & Exhibit Show.

Excel Math will be there, too.

In between visits to the happiest place on earth, be sure to stop by Booth #1143 at the Anaheim Convention Center and say hello to Carol and Brad.

DisneylandThey will be handing out chocolate and showing off the newest Excel Math materials.

Come take a look at math lessons that really work for Kindergarten through Grade 6.

Take home lesson samples and sign up for our monthly teacher tips.

Full year math lessons, summer school, electronic Projectable Lessons, and more!

Tired of snow and ice and cold weather?

Warm up in Anaheim at the ASCD Convention.


Bring your business card or address label and drop it in our Excel Math backpack for a chance to win the deluxe backpack plus summer school math materials.

The Exhibit Hall will open bright and early at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 25. Stop by

This year the convention theme is Empower Your Focus.

According to the conference website, topics will be centered around:
  • The Whole Child
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Global Engagement
  • Poverty and Equity
  • Redefining Student Success
  • Teaching and Learning
You can empower your students for success and build confidence in math skills for the long term with Excel Math for Kindergarten through Grade 6.

Affordable and proven math lessons that build student success.

Visit Excel Math at ASCDIf your state is teaching to the Common Core Standards, order our Excel Math Common Core Teacher Edition. 

If you are teaching to the TEKS and preparing for STAAR testing, order our Texas Excel Math Teacher Edition. 

If you are in a non-Common Core state (or school), you can purchase our Excel Math Standard Teacher Edition.

Pick up Excel Math correlations to your state standards. See how the powerful features of Excel Math work to propel your students to becoming engaged in math.

Some students even point to Excel Math as the point where they first discovered a love for mathematics!

Unique CheckAnswer system that lets students find their mistakes and correct their own work—a natural feedback loop.

Whichever Excel Math edition you use, your students will receive the benefit of our proven CheckAnswer system, unique spiraling process, and math lessons that really work!

Recently we heard from a teacher whose third grade Common Core test scores went up 15% after they used Excel Math for the first time! She was named a finalist in the 2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Here's what she told us: 
"I love Excel Math and credit my success in raising my math scores to it.  Third grade at my school was up 15% because of it on the CAASPP last year! Count on me ordering Excel Math again for next year." — Dr. Susan Barkdoll, Third Grade Teacher, North Verdemont Elementary School, San Bernardino, California

Questions about how Excel Math lessons work? Leave a comment below. View samples on our website.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

World Maths Day

A teacher writing Happy World Maths Day World Maths Day is an annual event that was created for students around the world to take a break from their everyday math lessons and compete against one another.

Worldwide thousands of students, starting at age 5, play math-themed games and puzzles online hoping to win certificates and prizes. 

The first event was held in 2007, when 98 countries worldwide participated.

It has since grown to be so popular that in 2010 World Maths Day reached the world record for largest ever online math contest.  

Excel Math lessons use real-world story problems, helping students to make a real life connection while merging math with literacy.

Whether solving a word problem or creating your own scenario (such as calculating how many snacks a child is able to buy with a weekly allowance), the students learn that math is an everyday tool. 

Leave a comment in the box below to let us know how your class will be celebrating World Maths Day!

Excel Math Student with globeExcel Math offers lots of math resources to help get you started. Try out Sample Excel Math Lessons, download math placement tests in Spanish or English, math manipulatives, Tips for Teachers, and more.

Here at Excel Math, we want to help you and your students get excited about learning!

Colorful math eequations
Today also happens to be the first day of our promotion!

 From March 1st to May 15th let us pay your shipping on orders over $60 to the lower 48 states.

Visit our website or give us a call at 866-866-7026 West Coast Time between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. A friendly person will always answer. Call us!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Oklahoma Academic Standards for Mathematics—we've got you covered!

Oklahoma flag
For the past year or more, Oklahoma and other states have been updating their academic standards for K-6 mathematics.

And Excel Math lessons are ready to meet those updates.

Excel Math provides correlations to Common Core Standards and State Standards designed to support teachers, team leaders, department chairs, curriculum directors, and administrators as they select, recommend, pilot, adopt, or review math materials.

Excel Math lessons are aligned to the new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Mathematics.

Oklahoma also provides a handy AtAGlance Guide designed to succinctly identify new and changed concepts at each grade level.

Standards and objectives that are not listed are done so intentionally as they were deemed to be more similar than not to existing grade level PASS objectives.

Excel Math correlations to Oklahoma standards include the critical gaps students need to cover this year. Download Grade 3 correlations here.

Excel Math lessons cover those critical gaps and also review concepts introduced in the previous grade level.

Students have a chance to get up to speed with previous concepts before tackling new ones. Download Common Core samples of Excel Math materials. 

You can download the complete Oklahoma Academic Standards for Mathematics at http://sde.ok.gov/sde/oklahoma-academic-standards

Visit us online to download Excel Math correlations to these new Oklahoma standards for Grades 3 and 4.

Additional grade level correlations will be added as they are completed.

Here's what one Oklahoma teacher told us:

"I've used Excel Math for many years … and loved it! I was nominated and won Teacher of the Year for my school campus, Hoover Elementary. I completely believe this happened because of the EXCELlent Math program you provide!!! Thank you so very much!!
— Susan Vilar, Grade 4 Teacher, Oklahoma
Excel Math is proven in a supplement or core position. A summer school/intersession edition is also available for grades K - 7.

Visit us online to download Common Core samples of Excel Math materials. 

Click on the colored grade level bars to begin your download and see the Scope & Sequence for the full year: http://excelmath.com/downloads/state_stds.html
Texas Sample Lessons
We also have TEKS-aligned materials for our Texas customers. Take a look at the amazing results students in Texas are seeing when they use Excel Math.

Test scores rise, even after the first year using Excel Math, and they continue to go up!

View Texas lessons on our website:
http://excelmath.com/downloads/state_stdsTX.html
If you decide to get started with Excel Math now, download our Strategies for Mid-Year Success document. 

These helpful tips and best practices will get your students building math success from Day 1!

Questions? Call us at 866-866-7026

Leave a comment in the box below to let us know how your state standards have impacted your math teaching. 

If you're currently using Excel Math with your students, tell us how it works for you. We love hearing from educators around the country and welcome any feedback you may have.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

6 Steps to Mid-Year Math Success

Beginning a new math program mid-year can be a challenge!

It can be just as challenging to receive new students in January or February or even later in the school year.

Here are a few ways Excel Math can help you prepare your students for spring testing:

1. Use the Excel Math Placement Tests. 

Excel Math provides FREE Placement Tests to help you determine where your new students should begin in math.

Each Excel Math Placement Test file contains six tests that evaluate a student's preparedness for Excel Math.

The tests are labeled A - F, which correspond to first through sixth grade. Instructions for using the tests are included.

Save the test to your computer and print it for each student.

Download the test (in English or Spanish) from our web store: excelmath.myshopify.com 

2. Give Immediate Feedback.

After students turn in an assignment for most classes, they usually have to wait a day or two to find out whether they were on track and did the work correctly.

In that brief amount of time, students can easily forget why they made the mistakes they did. And since they haven't yet discovered where or why those mistakes occurred, they keep making mistakes again and again as they complete their homework.

As a result, the mistakes continue and bad habits begin to form.

With Excel Math, students get immediate feedback so they can easily correct their mistakes switch gears and start tackling math problems correctly.

Dr. Janice Raymond, the author of Excel Math lessons, incorporated a natural feedback loop with the unique CheckAnswer system. The CheckAnswer lets students see immediately where they've made mistakes and gives them a chance to correct those errors on their own in the daily Guided Practice and Homework.

As a result, students are encouraged to solve the problems, show their work, check their answers, and then go back and fix any errors they've made.

Students don't have wait until the next day to find out which problems they've missed. Read more in our previous post.

3. Be Flexible.

Excel Math is designed to be flexible! You may find there is more material each week than you can use, especially if you count in field trips and school holidays.

Use your own judgment to work through the lessons in their entirety or move quickly through a few days of lessons if your class is comfortable with the concepts.

On those days, let your students spend more time on the Guided Practice portion so they can review a number of different concepts.

Students who finish quickly can tackle the Stretch problem (brainteaser) in the Teacher Edition or continue with Basic Fact Practice.

We do not recommend jumping around the lessons in a different order, as all the lessons build upon one another.

Download additional Classroom Suggestions here.

4. Use the Test Tables for Assessment.

Excel Math tests are cumulative. There is a test after every five lessons in Grades 1 - 6.

The test tables located in the Teacher Edition indicate the concept covered by each test question and the lesson numbers where each concept was taught.

After your students complete each test, use the tables to see where they need more review and practice.

Use the Score Distribution Charts to see if the class as a whole would benefit from reviewing some concepts together.

5. Download our FREE Guide to Math Success.

If you begin using Excel Math mid-year, be sure to download our Strategies for Mid-Year Success.

This step-by-step guide will help you and your class get off to a running start with Excel Math.

Try these easy-to-follow strategies from experienced educators designed to help you build student success in math.

Also visit our website for lots of free resources and teacher helps: www.excelmath.com

6. If you have questions, we are just a phone call away. 

Call us at 1-866-866-7513 Monday - Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (West Coast time) and a friendly person will be glad to start you on the road to success using Excel Math!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A crossword a day...

December 21st marks Crossword Puzzle Day. Yes, that’s right, a day devoted to the celebration of crossword puzzles. It is a day when folks, or cruciverbalists if you will, around the world train and compete to finish a crossword in record time.

Crossword puzzleArthur Wynne, a journalist from Liverpool, is credited for creating the first known published crossword puzzle. It appeared in the December 21, 1913 Sunday edition of the New York World newspaper. Solving crosswords quickly became a favorite pastime. Within a decade crossword puzzles appeared in almost all American newspapers.

Here at Excel Math we appreciate a day dedicated to sharpening our minds and improving our problem-solving skills. For grades 2-6, Excel Math lessons include brain teasers that we call Stretches. Stretches can include logic puzzles, word problems, or any creative puzzle that helps children really stretch their imaginations.

Excel Math Stretch
Excel Math Stretch for 3rd Grade
Similar to the way a crossword puzzle is a fun exercise to keep your brain sharp, Stretches can help keep your student's mind in tip-top shape!

Here's what teachers and administrators are saying about Excel Math:
"I love Excel Math...it has helped me become a stronger math teacher, and I KNOW it has increased my students' confidence in math (and their test scores!)."
— Anne Evans, Idaho Teacher
boys writing math problems
Students working on math problems
Try your hand at a daily crossword puzzle from dictionary.com or any other online puzzle source.

If your students have access to the internet, they can give it go. Another fun site is free-training-tutorial.com/crossword!

Join us on December 21st and let's sharpen our minds together! Try Excel Math for yourself and visit our online shop at excelmath.com

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