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My son just got his report card and he has done fantastically well the only comment is that he needs to practice his number fact strategies and more complex number patterns. He can do the easy ones but struggles a bit with the more the complex ones.
I can't ask his teacher due to the holidays, so can any of the lovely bubhub teachers tell me what number fact strategies are? Also does anyone know where on the internet I might find some number pattern worksheets that I could print off for him to practice. And tell me what would be expected of a Grade 2 student in Queensland?
Thanking you in advance:)
I'd love to help, only when I was a teacher I taught high school history and english in WA, so I don't think I'll be of much use.
Hey bron, thanks anyway. I know who we will be calling when he is studying shakespear and sonnetts;)
Oh well, here we are well educated women beaten by Grade 2 maths:p
MY understanding is that number facts are number sentences that children should be able to solve.
So it would be strategies that enable them to add two numbers, minus two numbers (eventually divide and multiply two numbers).
There are strategies like: (taken straight from the syllabus)
- counting on from the larger number to find the total of two numbers.
- counting back from a number to find the remaining.
- counting on or back to find the difference between two numbers.
- using doubles and near doubles
eg. 5 + 7= ( double 5 and add 2).
- combining numbers that add to 10
eg. 4 + 7 + 8 + 6 + 3 + 1= ( group 4 and 6, 7 and 3 first, as they equal 10).
- bridging to 10.
eg. 17 + 5= ( 17 and 3 is 20 and add 2 more).
Hope that helps.
Mrs Little & Son.
Thanks Mrs Little I think you are right. I found some good worksheets at the daisy maths site for the number patterns that my ds found pretty easy. I am going to ask the Teacher what the issue is as my son seems to manage this stuff pretty well.
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