Help kids learn math facts by using Spaceship Math, the FREE leveled worksheets with 26 scaffolded levels.
Spaceship Math is part of Dad’s Worksheets, a terrific math site that I have written about a few times. With Spaceship Math, students learn their basic facts a few at a time. It starts very simply. For example, level A for addition covers 1+2 and 1+3. That’s it, unless you count 2+1 and 3+1 as separate facts. Level by level, students build their skills. There are four versions of each level, plus timed tests for every two levels. The worksheets are cumulative, so students are always reviewing old facts.
To find Spaceship Math on Dad’s Worksheets, click on the operation you want students to practice. That opens a menu of choices for the operation, and then you can easily find Spaceship Math.
I like to give the whole class a placement test. I choose a level in the middle, usually L. That has 7+2 and 7+4. From the placement test, I assign students to packets of either levels A-L or L-Z. The students don’t exactly thank me for these packets, but they do see that the packets help them learn. Plus, the leveled worksheets keep kids in their zone of proximal development, so it never feels too difficult.
I really like Spaceship Math for addition and, subtraction. For multiplication, I recommend Best Multiplication Workbook EVER!–and not just because I wrote it.
Spaceship Math multiplication is very different from the way most of us learned our times tables–one table at a time. It moves pretty quickly, and doesn’t give students a sense of how each times table works as a unit. My Best Multiplication Workbook EVER! levels times tables in an effective way. It provides lots of practice problems, plus word problems that show the value of each times table.
I haven’t written a Best Division Workbook EVER! yet, so for division, I give students worksheets based on the times tables. I assign division times tables in the same order I presented multiplication tables in Best Multiplication Workbook EVER!
I hope you and your students enjoy Spaceship Math.