Engagement entails much more than rote repetition of a procedure. Math worksheets tend to present very similar problem types over and over, leading to mundane practice of disassociated skills. For students who understand the material and successfully complete an assignment, another worksheet becomes meaningless. On the other hand, for the students who don't understand the material, an alternative method of instruction is what's needed. Another worksheet simply adds to the student's frustration, or worse, contributes to a belief that "I'll never understand math." A cute image or a "fill_in_the_blanks" riddle does nothing to increase engagement or learning (and let's face it, those riddles are not funny!). Instead, teachers need to increase engagement by providing students with exercises in which they discover patterns and relationships, solve problems, or think creatively about math relationships.

Once you have a scope and sequence book, make a list of each area in math that he needs to work on for the school year. For example for grades three and four, by the end of the year in subtraction, your child should be able to: _ Solve vertical and horizontal computation problems _ Review subtraction of 2 numbers whose sums would be 18 or less _ Subtract 1_ or 2_digit number from a 2_digit number with/without renaming _ Subtract 1_, 2_, or 3_digit numbers from 3_ and 4_digit number with/without renaming _ Subtract 1_, 2_, 3_, 4_, or 5_digit number from a 5_digit number

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