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Sports Desk with Jim Shortz
Grades 2 - 6

box box Jim Shortz is ready to present over 1,000 sports themed math word problems. Humorous sports analyst characters keep students attentive and smiling as they work and learn.

Teachers can assign problem types and difficulty levels. Students will see a lot of variation which helps keep the problem solving activity interesting. Additionally, when students do see a problem repeated, it will be presented with varied numerical data and different character or team names.

Though you can set options controlling the math content and difficulty level of the problems presented, the reading vocabulary may at times be challenging, especially for younger students. For ALL problems, when students encounter a word with which they are not familiar, they can click on the word within the problem to hear it pronounced.This audio support feature is intended to provide sufficient reading support so that students may focus on math, and to better enable them to work independently.

Program Options: Specify problem parameters appropriate for your students. Level 1 problems can include Adding (facts to 10, Facts to 18, or 2 digit addition with or without regrouping), Subtracting (facts to 10, facts to 18, or 2 digit subtraction with or without regrouping), Multiplication (facts to 5 or facts to 10), and Division (facts to 5, or facts to 10). Level 2 problems can include Addition (facts to 18, 2 and 3 digit problems, or 2-5 digit problems), Subtraction (facts to 18, 2 and 3 digit problems, or 2-5 digit problems), Multiplication (facts to 12, 1 digit x 2 digit, 1 digit x N digit, or 2 digit x N digit), Division (facts to 12, 2 digit / 1 digit, N digit / 1 digit, or N digit / 2 digit), Combinations of Operations, Fractions, Decimals, Percents, and Estimating. Problems may also be selected with possible extraneous data. Audio support may be turned ON or OFF. The calculator may be turned ON or OFF. An Auto Advance option is available to move students automatically to easier or more difficult problems based on their competency rating.

Options and Easy Track: Set activity options for the whole class all at once or for any selected group or individual.


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Targeted Learning Objectives

Given a word problem, the student...

determines which data will be needed to solve the problem.

Given a math word problem, the student finds a solution requiring...

computing with addition facts to 10.

computing with addition facts to 18.

computing addition of 2-digit numbers without regrouping.

computing addition of 2 and 3-digit numbers with regrouping.

computing addition of 2-5 digit numbers.

computing subtraction facts to 10.

computing with subtraction facts to 18.

computing subtraction of 2-digit numbers without regrouping.

computing subtraction of 2 and 3-digit numbers with regrouping.

computing subtraction of 2-5 digit numbers.

computing multiplication with facts to 5.

computing multiplication with facts to 10.

computing multiplication with facts to 12.

computing multiplication of 1-digit x 2-digit numbers.

computing multiplication with a 1-digit multiplier x N .

computing multiplication with a 2-digit multiplier x N.

computing division with facts to 5.

computing division with facts to 10.

computing division with facts to 12.

computing division of 2-digit dividends / 1-digit divisors.

computing division by 1-digit divisors.

computing division by 2-digit divisors.

computing with combinations of operations.

computing with fractions, decimals, and percents.

estimating.

Student Records: A summary screen provides feedback on student performance for the latest session, last 5 sessions, and cumulative work to date. Scores may be viewed as number right/total, as a percent, or as a letter grade. Student records may be printed. Open Easy Track for more detailed records. Compare individual records to class, grade level, or selected group averages. Assess graphs of student growth for any specific learning objective. A variety of charts and graphs may be customized and are available for printing.


Easy Track is included with all Micrograms programs.
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