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Daily Master Math Review Cards

I’m really big on trying to review, but sometimes I just can’t get it together to the point where I’d like (I really like to give daily/weekly review).

Math is one of those areas where if I leave it up to the review in the textbook, even with their maintenance exercises, it’s simply not enough to keep the concepts from being forgotten.

I tried making up skills lists as we went along, trying to write down questions/exercises for each child/grade. I soon realized that the concepts were generally repeats from one grade to the next and that I was making more work for myself and never completing the review material.

So, I made up what I call master math review cards. I simply took the most common types of exercises/concepts in the books and put them on index cards; sorted by topic area (geometry, number sense, etc).

It’s a set of 11 cards and my plan is as follows:

Assign one topic area per day of the week. Say, geometry is Sundays, operations, Mondays, etc. So each Sunday, I just pull out the geometry card and ask questions from it.  On any given card, there are way more activities than I would give in a typical session, I just wanted to have an arsenal of material.

There are 10 cards suitable for probably grades K-high school and one preschool concept card as I didn’t want to leave the little guy out. And really, that card can be the basis of his actual math program for  now.

I left them in Word so they can be tweaked.

Daily Math Master Review cards

printed on 5×8 index card

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Posted by on March 20, 2010 in Math: Review


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“Review while you work” –Daily Math Review

Pun intended.


If I was asked what was a key ingredient to homeschooling, or any learning, really, besides consistency, it would definitely be review/revision.

How many times have I introduced a concept to one of my kids and because the textbook didn’t review frequently enough, did they forget the material and we had to start from square 1?  Don’t have enough fingers…..

So, there are many ways that I try to incorporate regular review into our homeschooling.  One of them is simply through the use of games and file folder games.  Another is to review on a somewhat daily basis in the midst of our work……its quick and  usually painless and the point is that my kids see the stuff just about everyday.

The tip (for math):

two ways:

1. After child completes assignment

2. Working with student to complete the assignment (such as board work)

What I basically do is incorporate the review into whatever concept/lesson we are working on.

At the two times I mentioned above, here is what I do:

Ask child the following questions for each (or selected answers) from their work that they have completed:

  1. Read the answer
  2. Is  your answer odd or even?
  3. Round your answer to the nearest 10, 100, etc…
  4. Add 10, 5, 100, etc to your answer
  5. Subtract 10, 5, 100, etc from your answer
  6. Count on or count backwards from your answer.
  7. Count by 5s, 10s, etc from your answer.
  8. How many digits does your answer contain?
  9. What digit is in the hundreds place? tens place, etc.  and what is the value?

Then as we learn new skills, I add them to the list above. 

So if we are working on the board (student is completing assignment on the board) after each problem my student does, I ask 1 -6 of the questions above. Or if student has complete a page of problems, I have him/her go back and read the answers and ask the questions for each (or selected) problems. If problems are in rows, I might ask, which answer is the greatest, or least? or put them in order from greatest to least, vice versa. 

I have found this a very valuable and simple way to get that material reviewed on a daily/regular basis.

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Posted by on September 11, 2008 in Math: Review, Teaching Tips


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Daily Math Review: Time and Money

My third grader is working on telling time and money.

The following is a sample of daily review activities. I write/print these ideas on flashcards to form a daily review deck. (Click here for a printable copy) The review deck is done right before the math period or at any time during the day. It’s also great for days when we miss formal math lesson, but can still review to work on the concepts.

Each concept is written on a different card. The cards help save time and brain energy as I don’t have to keep racking my brain each day for review activities/questions.

Have student look at time on computer and show that time on a demonstration analog clock.

What time will it be in x minutes? What time was it x minutes ago?

What time will it be in x hours? What time was it x hours ago?

If (an event) is at (time), how long ago was that? How long from now is that?

How many hours in a day? Minutes in an hour? Seconds in a minute?


How much is a penny worth? A dime? A nickel? A quarter? A dollar?

How much do I have if I have x dollars, x nickels, etc.

How many pennies make a dollar? Nickels make a dollar? Dimes make a dollar? Quarters make a dollar?

1 quarter = ____ pennies; 1 nickel = ____ pennies; 1 quarter = _______ nickels; 1 quarter = _______ pennies; 1 quarter = ____ dimes, ____ nickels; 1 dime = ____ pennies; 50cents = ____ dimes

How much change will you get back? (Given a price and an amount paid)

Given a money amount (e.g. $2.31) have student read this amount.

On a flashcard, make a mini menu/price list. Ask student how much will _____ and ______ cost. You can also ask how much change he/she will get back, given a certain amount paid.

Given x dollars and cents, can you buy? (using the price list)

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Posted by on March 8, 2008 in Math: Review


Independent Math Activity Ideas for 3rd grade and up

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Independent Math Activities for Third Grade and Up

These ideas are great time fillers while Umm (mom) is working with someone else or just to review concepts

Goal: To practice and review math skills that you have learned.

You will be asked to either pick several activities at random to complete or simply go down the list and do as many as you have time to do.

To complete the activities you may need: a

a pencil


Put a heading on your paper:

Date Math

Independent Practice

Numbers assigned (odds, evens, #1-5, etc)

(You can just have student pick activities and do, omitting the formality of the heading, if desired)

1.     Find 10 words. Pick a letter in each word and tell its position{2nd, second, etc).

2.     Write the number words for the numbers 1-10; 11-20, 10-100 counting by 1 Os)

3.     Write the ordinals (first, second) from 1-25.

4.     Pick 5 numbers, tell their ordinals (first, fifth)            .

5.     Pick 1 0 numbers. Tell what number comes before and after each number.

6.       Pick 10 sets of two numbers. Tell which is greater using ><.

7.     Using number cards (2 of each number 0-9) pick two cards and make the greatest number. Play with a friend and the one who can make the greatest number wins. see p.7 SF grade 3

8.     Find 10 numbers. Put them in order from the least to the greatest and greatest to least.

9.     Pick 10 sets of 2 one digit numbers. Add them.

10.  Write what these symbols mean: <, +, -, =, >, x

11.  Using dominoes, write 2 set of subtraction facts and 2 addition facts

12.  Scoop up a handful of pattern blocks. Make a graph to show how many of each block you scooped up. Put a title and label your graph.

13.  Write word problems whose answers are 1-31 (ex. Number of fingers on one hand: 5)

14.  Pick five 3 digit numbers. Make as many numbers as you can with the digits in each number. (317, 713, 137)  For each one, arrange the numbers in order from least to greatest and greatest to least.

15.  Pick 5 numbers from 0-100. Write the number out in words.

16.  Pick 10 numbers. Round them to the nearest 10.

17.  Play the rounding game, p. 41 SF

18.  Count by 2s 10x. Count by 3s 10. Count by 4s 10x. Count by 5s 10x.,etc.

19.  Pick a number. Count by 2s, 3s, 4s, ,etc. from that number. Use 10 numbers in each series (2,4, 6, 8,10,12,14,16,18,20)

20.  Make up own numbers then write the number in Roman Numerals.

21.  Make up own addition, sub, mult word problems. Use a theme. Solve them.

22.  Write 5 numbers with 4-6 digits. Tell which place each digit is in.

23.  Write 5 numbers with 4-6 digits. Write the numbers and then write the numbers in words.

24.  Play tic tac toe with math facts.

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Posted by on April 12, 2007 in Math: Review