Additional Math Pages & Resources

Monday, October 26, 2015

Excel Math Badges for Your Classroom

Student Badges Chart - Click to Download
We've created some colorful Excel Math digital badges (and printable stickers) for you to give your students as they complete their lessons and tests.

Digital badges and printable templates for Homework, Tests and Lessons are included to get you started.

You can feel free to edit them with your school name, write in the Lesson or Test number or let your students sign their names. Let's get creative with custom badges!
Printable Excel Math Badges

Download our Student Badges Chart if you use the printable badges. Copy one chart for each student.

These can go on the wall (using student ID numbers) or may be kept in the child's binder.

If you prefer a digital chart, download the PDF chart file and import it into Google Drive. Open it in Google Docs and share it with each student.

We get you started with Excel Math digital badges for each lesson, test and homework assignment.

Give each student a Homework badge when they bring back completed homework, showing their work.

TIP: If you drag the badge image into the Student Badges chart (or place it as an image), the badge will automatically be sized to fit the size of the cell in the chart. So you don't have to worry about resizing the badges to fit the chart.

We also give you a set of Test badges you can award when your students finish each test or achieve a certain test score—your choice.

If you haven't gone digital yet, simply print out the badges and let your students glue them to their papers or onto a chart you provide in the classroom.

You can also print the badges onto sticker paper (Avery #6540) so they can simply peel and stick them onto the chart.

We've even included a link to walk you through the steps to create more badges yourself.

This video from Alice Keeler will show you how it's done, one step at a time. You can have a whole library of digital badges for your students in no time!

If your students enjoy getting the badges, let them create some badges of their own. They can use Google Drive themselves to design their badges.

Or print a blank template and students can color their own badges, cut them out, give them back to you in an envelope, and you can hand them out as your students complete each lesson, homework assignment, or test.

Have fun with badges!

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Turkey Talk: Basic Math Facts Bulletin Board

Turkey Talk Bulletin Board from Excel Math
Highlight positive character traits and have your students review basic math facts with this turkey bulletin board. 

Cover your bulletin board or wall with colorful paper, fabric, foil, or textured material. Cut a harvest border in a contrasting color or buy one pre-made with a harvest or fall theme.

Download the patterns from our website. Back the Turkey Pattern with a colorful paper plate. Also print a turkey for each student. Print the Feather Patterns and write a positive character trait or study habit on each feather. 
Click to download Turkey pattern

Make some math feathers such as, "addition whiz," "multiplication genius," "subtraction superstar," etc.  

Place egg or chick patterns with numbers or problems on them around the turkey.  You can also glue pieces of fringed paper, straw, sandpaper, or hay at the bottom of the board for added texture.

Give each student a turkey pattern to cut out. (Have them cut off the feathers and give them back to you or just leave them on and add more feathers as they learn math facts.) Let the students glue their turkeys to paper plates. 

Make extra feathers so you'll have enough for each student to have several. 

Click to download Feather patterns
Watch for a student who exhibits any of these traits and award that child with a feather to glue or tape onto his turkey. 

Try to make sure each student gets one or two feathers each week during the month. Students who can recite math facts can earn multiple math feathers (one for each fact family, one for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, etc. 

You can make up your own feather awards as students exhibit positive character traits, help each other, or make progress in math.

Then let the students add their own feathers to their turkeys. Just the act of getting to move to the bulletin board (or wall) and attach a new feather can be an incentive for some students to earn more!

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Monday, October 5, 2015

October 5 - World Teachers' Day

October 5 is celebrated as World Teachers' Day.

Here at Excel Math, every day is the perfect time to celebrate teachers and thank them for their hard work and dedication to their students.

Here are a few ways you can encourage your students to show appreciation to their teachers.

Download this Teacher Appreciation certificate and/or the tie patterns below, and copy or print one for each of your students to give to a favorite teacher.

Appreciation Certificate

Ask each student to think of one teacher or staff person at your school who has been influential in their lives thus far.

Brainstorm as a class to find adjectives that could be used to describe these special people (thoughtful, energetic, caring, wise, empathetic, supportive, encouraging, etc.).

Then have each student choose a tie pattern or award or thank-you card (or design of her choice) and write a brief note of thanks or appreciation to the chosen teachers.

Have the students draw pictures on the back or continue the note and sign their name.

Students who finish quickly can design a poster, banner or mural or other appreciation to hang in the teacher lounge or hallway.
Click on the image to download the Tie Patterns file.
Have the entire class sign their names to the poster, banner or mural.

Sort the certificates and give them out to your colleagues over the next week.

From all of us here at Excel Math: "Thank you, teachers!"

Check out our Wednesday post for Excel Math Badges you can create for your students!

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

It's Not Too Late to Get Started with Excel Math

Even though it's October, it's not too late to order Excel Math lessons.

We ship most orders in a day or two after getting your order, which means you have it when you need it.

The first few weeks of Excel Math for Grades 1 - 6 is a review of the previous year, so if you start the lessons in October, you can move quickly through the first lessons or let your students progress at their own pace.

Excel Math lessons are completely flexible!

Your students will appreciate the easy start we'll give them as they begin the new school year and get reaquainted with concepts from the previous year.

As your students gain confidence in math, Excel Math lessons become progressively more challenging, introducing new concepts on a regular basis.

However, we don't expect mastery when concepts are first introduced. Rather, those concepts are reinforced with Homework and Guided Practice before they begin appearing on tests.

Take a look at our unique spiraling process, where spaced repetition is systematically incorporated into the entire school year. Students have a chance to get concepts into their long-term memory and our lessons reinforce those concepts all year.

Excel Math is completely flexible and can be started at any time.

Get your students going with a strong foundation in mathematics.

Give us a call at 1-866-866-7026 or visit our website:

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Get our Sample Packet first.

The Excel Math Teacher Editions are available in the following versions:
Common Core Edition 
Texas Edition (TEKS aligned — STAAR ready) 
Standard Edition (Non Common Core) 
Sample Packets are available in each of these versions.

Unsure which grade level your students are ready to tackle? Download our free Excel Math Placement Test (available in English and Spanish).

Excel Math Placement Test Intro


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