4th Grade Math Daily Spiraled Practice - Minds in Bloom

(without all the re-teaching, the frantic cramming before a test, or the despair of moving on when you know students aren’t ready)

If you’re a teacher, then you already know the importance of spiraling learning for long-term retention.

So I’ll spare you all the specifics.

No need to try and convince you. I mean, you’ve been there done that.  The student can solve the problem one day and then act like they’ve never even seen it the next.

You’ve seen first hand how it takes students multiple opportunities to learn and practice skills before those skills are solidified in their brains.

You’ve heard that experts agree that long term exposure produces a more solid understanding.

Even if you’re already using daily warm-ups or math practices in your class, there’s more effective help for you and your students.

► Students can get this repeated practice in only a few minutes a day.

When students have repeated exposure to a skill, the skill begins to feel easy for them. When problems don’t overwhelm students, they can complete their work more quickly. Over time, this not only ensures long term retention, but also frees them up to focus on new and more difficult skills.

► Students can receive help at any time and for any problem that they aren’t quite sure about.

You only have a limited amount of time to help students with specific learning, but sometimes there is no shortage of questions.  It’s possible for students to get the exact help they need the moment they need it.

► You can hold students accountable for their learning.

With just a short investment of your time, you can check that your students are learning.  Catching “thinking errors” right from the start and then guiding students to get it right will solidify their skills and create a strong mathematical foundation.

spiraled math practice

Perhaps you’ve made a commitment that this year will be different.

You’ve been scrolling through Pinterest and TpT looking for the perfect resource to use in your classroom.

Maybe you’ve even tried some different resources, but they didn’t have the outcome you expected, and they didn’t help alleviate the problem of having students with a lack of background knowledge.

Here’s why most math resources won’t truly meet each student where they’re at:

They do a good job at presenting a specific math skill, and revisit it a few times, but before long, the skill is a thing of the past, leaving it stale in students’ minds.

Or there are so few problems on the page that students never really solidify the learning.

But perhaps, here is the biggest reason most math resources aren’t perfect for your students:

Most math resources are completely dependent on the teacher.  The skill must be taught in order to practice.  If the student forgets how to solve a problem, it’s the teacher’s job to reteach the problem.

And what if you have 30 kids in your class?

Ten of them are right where they need to be, ten are struggling a bit, and ten need help with just about every problem type.

Getting the math basics down is something students NEED to conquer.

Luckily for you, there’s a math resource that can help solve your problems and ensure your students master their math skills.

This means that it’s not too late to ensure your students are learning math.  And not just in the short term.  There is a product available that will help your students with every problem that they need help with.   And it won’t entirely depend on how much time you have available to devote to them.

REASON #1

Most Math Resources aren’t spiraled

Studies have shown students learn better when learning and practice is distributed, rather than clumped. Spiraling helps learners make connections over time, which allows for a stronger ability to recall information. In order for learning to enter into long-term retention, individual skills must be introduced in a logical and scaffolded way.  And once they’re introduced, these skills must be continually revisted.

REASON #2

Most Math Resources don’t offer individualized support

Typically, math resources are dependent on outside support for students that need help. When support is limited, students are more likely to guess and move on then when support is unlimited and instantaneous. 

REASON #3

Most Math Resources lack a quality way of assessing students and moving them forward

While there are many math resources designed to be used as a warm-up or as homework, these resources aren’t often designed to provide quick feedback that can be used to close gaps and prevent mistakes from becoming habits.

REASON #4

Most quality math resources that are designed to be highly effective are expensive

Unfortunately, most teachers are not given choice about the supplemental resources they most need, and when they are, the high cost of licensing quality programs per student often blocks teachers from obtaining the resources she needs.

Being a math teacher is difficult, and the responsibility of taking the hand of every student, regardless of where they start, and seeing them through the learning of 4th grade math skills can be crushing.  But, there is a way.

This system was created by me, a 4th grade math teacher and instructional specialist with years of experience and years of using it with my own students.

It’s a system that helps overcome the problems found with most math products you can purchase online.

It has all the key ingredients for helping your students learn math in a way that sticks.

So, with your permission, I would LOVE to share a resource that I’m super passionate about.

Watch this video!

I’ve taken everything I learned from being a 4th grade math teacher and channeled it into a math resource that is designed specifically to help students learn 4th grade math skills in a way that ensures long-term retention.

Lotsa Math is more than just math practice.  It’s an individualized math support system for students. 

The foundation of the Lotsa Math Program for 4th grade math students is the full-page daily practice sheets. 

The skills found on these lessons are slowly introduced and revisited over and over throughout the remainder of the lessons.

How do I use the sheets?

Each of the 3 parts contains 45 spiraled worksheets: 4 practice pages and 1 quiz per week.

There is no right way or wrong way to use this product. It can be homework, classwork, small group work, or any combination thereof.

The most important part of using it is to just be consistent. 

The skills are presented using scaffolding to build on previous knowledge and are revisited often to keep the knowledge fresh in the students’ minds.

These tutorial videos will help students get answers to their questions.

No more raising their hand and waiting to be called on.

No more standing in line at the teacher’s desk to get that question answered.

No more skipping sections because they aren’t sure what to do.

No more excuses that no one would help them.

No more feeling lost and unsuccessful.

You can use the videos however would best benefit your class.  You can choose to make them a learning station throughout the day, assign them in Google Classroom for blended learning, or simply let them be an added resource to use at home or in class. The videos can be accessed on the product website or Youtube.

Every practice section presented on a lesson includes a video that shows students how to complete the problems.

The footer tells students exactly which video to watch to get help on any specific practice set.

Studies have shown completion-based math assessment to be ineffective at ensuring long-term math retention.

Lotsa Math couples accountability and consistency to ensure students learn and progress.

Each page has a quick-check option so that giving students meaningful feedback is possible. The 10 “quick check” questions are a sampling of the skills found on the page. These ten questions are marked with a yellow highlight and red lettering. This provides a quick way to formatively assess your students and provide the feedback and additional support they need.

If you’d like to take a grade on your student’s work, every fifth practice is a quiz that can be graded

Lotsa Math includes more than just rote practice because many of the activities require using previous knowledge and creativity. However, it does include much rote practice. Recent studies are even suggesting that this type of practice is beneficial for some students, especially the struggling students.     

When kids are learning and practicing skills in a time-efficient way, such as a worksheet, they are left with a lot of extra time to do more hands-on and fun activities.      

Spiraling math alleviates the need for a lot of re-teaching and connecting new skills.  This alone creates valuable time for more real-world activities and small group targeted instruction

Although Lotsa Math covers the 4th grade standards, it can also be useful for differentiating for different grade levels.  3rd grade students that need an accelerated program can work through the pages, using the videos for teacher support.  5th grade students who need remediation can benefit in the same way. 
     Differentiating within the grade level is possible too when students work at their own pace.  Advanced students can work quickly and move on to more project-based learning activities, while struggling students can work through the pages more slowly, using the video tutorials as much as is needed to create strong pathways of understanding.  This alone creates valuable time for more real-world activities and small group targeted instruction.

 

Never before have the tutorial videos been available for download without purchasing the $100.00 upgraded version of the program.

For a limited time, when you purchase the Lotsa Math program you’ll get free access to downloadable versions of each of the 170+ video tutorials.  This is great because:

  • You’ll no longer have to worry about students being blocked from watching the video
  • You can embed the tutorial video right in your Google Slides
  • You can share a single video in Google Classroom
  • You can create personalized playlists for your students

I bet you’re wondering how much Lotsa Math Costs!

  • 135 spiraled practice sheets (DIGITAL & PRINTABLE!)
  • Access to 170+ tutorial videos
  • Answer Keys with a Quick-Check Option
  • Spiraling Chart to show you when skills are introduced and revisited!

FREE BONUS - Downloadable access to ALL of the tutorial videos so you can have greater flexibility for your students

What teachers have said about Lotsa Math

  • You’re a teacher or parent of 4th grade students (or a 3rd grade student that needs a challenge or a 5th grade student that needs a little review)
  • You want to avoid the pressure of cramming before high-stakes testing
  • You no longer want to scrounge for practice problems that your students need
  • You just don’t have the time to meet all the individual needs of your students
  • You want your students to learn how to work independently and seek answers for themselves
  • You want a simple strategy for creating a math practice routine in your class
  • You have students whose parents are unable to help them with their math homework
  • You know “busy work” isn’t the answer
  • You need a quality resource, but you’ll have to fork out the money from your own pocket
  • 135 spiraled practice sheets (DIGITAL & PRINTABLE!)
  • Access to 170+ tutorial videos
  • Answer Keys with a Quick-Check Option
  • Spiraling Chart to show you when skills are introduced and revisited!
  • PLUS— You get the license to download any of the videos for added flexibility!
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