in Reflex Math
What’s Reflex Math?
Reflex math is an awesome web-based activity that builds math fact fluency. Kids are able to gain fluency by learning “fact families,” in which they focus on a set of facts for a group of numbers.
If you have never used it I urge you to check it out. You can sign up for a 30-day free trial. Keep your eye out for the Reflex Educator Grant Program that opens up from time to time too.
My students were super excited to learn that we had been accepted into the Reflex Educator Grant Program. That’s right, we get to use it for 1 whole year for FREE! I have never seen my students more motivated to practice their math facts.
How do we find the time?
The program is most beneficial if each student uses the program for up to 3 times per week for approximately 15-20 minutes. I have a technology station as one of my guided math rotations so my students are able to get their time in fairly easily. They can also access the program at home.
As my students achieve new milestones I award them Reflex Math brag tags and a bead on a ball chain necklace. I made some of the brag tags and also bought some from You Know You Wanna PICKETT on Teachers Pay Teachers.
We display our achievements on our Success Wall outside our classroom in the hallway. I take each student’s picture and attach it to a tag with benchmarks listed. I then have my students sign their name on the posters I found over at Paige in Primary. Each time they achieve a milestone I place a sticker on it on the benchmarks listed under their picture. Each student is so proud to show off their accomplishments!
You can print out our own success benchmark tag here to keep track of your student’s milestones.
Reflex Math benchmarks PDF
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What’s Developmental Spelling?
I am a believer in using a developmental spelling approach in my classroom. A developmental approach is a phonics based program that helps my students learn how words work in the English language. In our classroom each week we do a word study. This allows my students to look at the words and develop a deeper understanding of how spelling works to represent sound and meaning.
What does Developmental Spelling Look Like?
Our district uses the Macmillan McGraw-Hill Treasures reading series and the spelling component that goes with it. I use a lot of word sorts on the interactive whiteboard and in our interactive journals to help my students learn sounds, patterns, and the meanings of words. My word sorts are available to me through the reading series. In addition to our word sorts, we complete a spelling practice activity per day. They have several activities to choose from.
Each week my students are given 15 spelling words. Ten follow a phonics pattern that we focus on, two words are review words from the week prior, and 3 words are high-frequency words from the story that do not follow the phonics rule of study for the week. Each day students choose 1 spelling activity out of a mesh file folder that is filled with various practice activities.
For the spelling test, I have my students spell the first 10 words. I then give them a bonus word that follows this same spelling pattern. The students must then circle the correctly spelled high-frequency word. Lastly, they must circle the incorrectly spelled review word in each sentence and write it correctly.
Click on the test to download an editable version of this test.
If you use the Treasures reading series then check out all my unit tests that also have editable files included in each unit here.
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