Excel Math

June 26, 2015
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Excel Math

Content: Math
Grade(s): K – 6th
Perspective: Secular
Prep Time: Minimal
Teacher Manual: Available
Teacher Involvement: Essential
Cost: $$$$ || ?
Pages: 125+
Publication Date: 2005
Publisher: excelmath.com

Common Core Aligned: Available and separate from the Standard edition

From Excel Math’s Website:

Excel Math uses a spiraling approach to ensure students have continual exposure and high retention of math concepts. Students use daily Lesson Sheets. Most Lessons are divided into three main sections: Lesson, Guided Practice, and Homework.

Each math concept is taught then gradually refreshed throughout the year as it is integrated with previously-taught concepts. Lessons can be taught in about 10-20 minutes. The first 4-6 weeks of each grade level are review. This work may seem easy, but students gain confidence so they are ready when difficult concepts are introduced. The Teacher Edition provides suggestions for presentation of the objective, teaching the lesson, and use of manipulatives and brainteasers.

On the back of the Lesson Sheet, students will find Guided Practice. These problems will take 20-30 minutes to complete. CheckAnswer, a self-assessment process that helps students develop confidence and good work strategies, is used with the Guided Practice. Students solve a set of 3-5 problems. Next, they add those answers together to see if the sum matches the CheckAnswer number. If it does, they move on. If not, they go back and re-check their calculation. Additional “Homework” problems are available for students who need independent practice.

Each grade level has a number of tests available so you can assess how well your child is mastering math. On the back of the tests, you’ll find Create A Problem, which merges math and literacy. Students read a simple story and then use observations to solve math problems.

  • Kindergarten: 6 tests
  • 1st Grade: 18 tests
  • 2nd – 6th Grade: 30 tests

About the Author:
Janice Raymond retired from real estate and went on to found Coronado Math, the original publisher of Excel Math. Working with Coronado schools and researchers at San Diego State University, Janice has refined and expanded Excel Math over the last 35 years.


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