# Math Sprints Workbook 1

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## Description from SingaporeMath.com

The Singapore Math® curriculum stresses the use of mental math. These sprint books are written with that in mind and are useful to all elementary teachers interested in developing mental math fluency in their children.

The section below explains how to give a sprint. You will see that students are racing to beat their own scores each time they take one of these tests. In the excitement of the sprint, applause is given to the student who gets the most problems correct on the first half, and to the student who improves the most on the second half. This applause, is, of course, well-meaning. But what about those students who rarely, if ever, receive applause? How can we keep them motivated to take the sprints when the same few children are always receiving the applause? Equally important is another concern: how do we keep the strongest math students challenged taking sprints with their classmates?

This book is written to address these concerns. Each sprint is differentiated. The A sheet of each half of the sprint is for the majority of the class. The B sheet is for the strongest students. If you look closely at the A and B sheets of each sprint, the answers to the problems are the same. Many of the problems on the B sheets, however, require more mental calculation. These sprints will allow access to the excitement of sprints for all of your students.

If you teach in a fairly homogeneous classroom, using differentiated sprints is not important. In that case, use the A versions of both halves for one sprint for all of your students, and perhaps, later in the year, use the B versions. Bonus this will give you double the number of sprints!

Generally speaking, sprints are used in the classroom two to three times per week. Once a teacher becomes experienced administering a sprint, the entire process, start to finish, should take about 10 minutes. You can re-use sprints. For example, if you give sprint 305 one week, you can give it again a couple of weeks later. The students will not remember it.

You may want to buy a sprint book at a grade below the level you teach so that students get used to taking sprints and feel very successful with them. Particularly if their mental math fluency is not where it should be, you can help them build it gradually by starting at a lower grade level.

### Category Description for Math Sprints

Learning math facts need not be a boring, dry drill! The premise is simple. Select the Sprint you would like your child to work on. Each Sprint has an A first half, an A second half, a B first half and a B second half. The B worksheets are designed for children stronger in math. Interestingly, the answers to the A and B sheets are the same, but the B worksheets require more mental calculations. B sheets can be used with strong math students or can be used later in the school year. Once you select the appropriate worksheet, set the timer for one minute and say, "Ready, Set, Go!" When the timer rings, underline the last problem completed and review the correct answers with your child. Take a brief activity break and return to complete the second half of the worksheet. Takes approximately 10 minutes for each Sprint activity and is recommended 2-3 times per week. The author suggests purchasing *below* grade level to give children the opportunity for success with mental math fluency. The beauty of **Math Sprints** is two-fold. Designed to be a fast paced and fun way to do practice math facts and increase a child½s self esteem through self-competition, by beating his previous score. While a supplement to the Singapore Math curricula, families using any math program may find the mental math solving practice in this book an excellent complement for any child. Answers included. SC. 126 pgs. ~ Deanne