As teachers, we all know how important it is for our students to have an instant recall of simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. SS Math makes students want to practice every day! There are 2 levels for each type of fact. The first level gives the facts in order and the second mixes the facts up. Another feature of these levels are the gnarlies. These are the facts that are most troublesome for students. They are noted on each level in darkened squares.
How does this amazing game work? Students work in pairs. One student is reading the problem and then giving the answer while the 2nd student is checking those answers. After 1 minute time, the answering student notes the problem they last answered correctly. A second minute is provided and the goal is for the student to go past that "record". Roles are swapped and the 2nd student gets to answer while the 1st student checks.
If a student breaks their record, the next time they play, they move down one row. They remain on the same row the next time. I use a form I created for the students to record their progress on which helps them remember where they should start each time. That form is available here. For each turn, the student writes the letter and number coordinate for the problem they last answered correctly. A check is marked in the box if a new record is achieved on the 2nd minute. When they play again, the student counts the number of checks and they start that many rows down.
In order to keep the pages organized, I did a couple things. First, I printed the blank problems front to back and printed the answer pages on front only. I did this so the answering student wouldn't have something to cheat from. After laminating the pages, I stored them in plastic pocket folders, creating enough for each pair of students in my classroom.
The record forms are kept in a separate folder so that it doesn't matter which SS Math folder the pair gets. All of the folders are placed on a shelf for easy access. You can see my folder below. I have not put in the multiplication or division facts because those are just introduced to my 3rd graders and it will be well into the school year before the students are ready for them.
|SuperSpeed Math Folder|
|Test pages printed front to back|
|Answer pages printed on the front only|