“We are using your Excel Math in our primary grades. We love it!
By using it across grade levels, it allows us to differentiate by grouping
out students according to their ability, not just their grade. It also
allows us to keep the higher students challenged, and grade level students
right on track while allowing plenty of review for the lower students.
Excel Math is an excellent program for any school.”
— Risa
Schwartsz, 2nd Grade Teacher, MarVista School
Getting Started with Excel Math
3 Easy Steps
1. Order your Excel Math Teacher Editions & Student Sets
The Teacher Edition includes Answers Keys, Lesson Plans to help guide your student to understand each concept, read-aloud problems, reproducible manipulatives, stretch excercises, and lots more!
Order a Projectable Lessons CD by grade level for classroom use (optional). The PDF files on this CD can be used with any computer or document reader to project lessons onto a whiteboard, screen, or interactive learning tool.
2. Watch the Quick-Start Video [3:20 min]
More questions after watching the video? Visit our FAQ page.
Use our Placement Tests in English and Spanish to see where your students should begin.
3. Learn how Excel Math works
See how students use our CheckAnswer system to check their own work.
Now you’re ready to start teaching with Excel Math!
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Excel Math lessons are much more than just worksheets. Using strategically placed spaced repetition, Excel Math gives you a proven approach to teach math concepts for long-term retention, with powerful features
and advantages, including our unique Spiraling Strategy:
The school year
The
first few weeks each year review the previous year's concepts.
You can evaluate how your class grasps basic
math concepts. Students should be confident before tackling new
ideas. This powerful feature is built into Excel Math grades.
Most of the school year is devoted to introduction
and reinforcement of math concepts, using a sophisticated spiraling approach. We
regularly add new math concepts to meet state guidelines. Each week
we introduce several new concepts. Students practice familiar concepts
and prepare for assessment a week or two later. They have ample time to explore what they have learned — in class and at home; in calculation and word problems.
Excel
Math CheckAnswer
Our unique self-assessment enables students to confirm
their work. The CheckAnswer process
helps students develop confidence and good work strategies. They solve a set of 3-5 problems (A-C), add the answers and see if the sum matches the CheckAnswer (D). If it does, they move on. If not, they go back and re-check their calculation.
Each week
Each
class “week” has 6 pages, with 5 lessons, and a test with our Create A Problem page that encourages Critical Thinking and literacy. You may find
there is more material each week than you can use, especially if you
have field trips or holidays. Use your own judgment to
work through the lessons consecutively, or move quickly if your class is comfortable. Although
we show the days here labeled as Monday through Friday, no day labels appear on the Lesson Sheets. Take two days on a lesson
if your students need more time.
You may choose to do the fifth lesson and test during the Friday class period, and do
the Create A Problem on Monday since there is no homework to discuss.
Monday
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Friday:
Weekly
Friday:
Quarterly
Lesson
Basic
Fact Practice
Guided
Practice
Homework review
Critical
Thinking
Guided
Practice
Test
on 1 page
Create A
Problem
Lesson
Guided
Practice
Quarterly
Test on 1 or 2 pages
Projectable Lessons
You can enhance your daily classroom experience with an electronic version of the lesson, which can be projected on a wall, screen or interactive learning board. Each Projectable contains PDF files on CD-R discs that can be used with any computer to project multiple slides for each lesson of the day. Projectable lessons may be printed for document cameras and overhead projectors. There is a Projectable for each grade level from Kindergarten to Grade 6. Watch a Projectable lesson in action.
Testing
Weekly,
Quarterly and End-of-Year Tests are all cumulative. Charts in the Teacher Edition show you where each concept was introduced, should you need to go back for refreshment.
24
Weekly Tests (12 Bi-Weekly Tests for First Grade)
4
Quarterly Tests with bubble-in answers
2
End-of-year Test
End-of-Year tests let you assess students’ grasp
of the entire year’s content. We offer a summer school program for those who need special attention or tutoring. The final few weeks of lessons each year summarize what has been learned, and introduce a few new concepts that will appear in the next grade level. The year's main concepts have been introduced by lesson 135 or so.
Activities
We
supply Activities in a separate section near the back of each Teacher Edition. These 12-15 exercises cover concepts that are not suitable for exploring in the Lesson Sheet format. They are critical to covering all your state requirements, so please don't neglect this section. It can be used on special days, or at the end
of the year, if your class finishes early.
Summer
School
We
offer summer school editions for all grade levels. These 6-week products
are ideal for InterSession or After-School programs. You can select a lower grade
for remediation, or a higher grade to provide challenges for advanced
students. Read more.