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    By dee

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    Kids will pout, so reduce the "losing face" that can happen.

    Make packets that children can do on their own. I adhere to the "fast isn't your best" policy since we have a problem with that throughout the grades. First usually means they have not double checked their work or reviewed their answers!

    With the packet, give "medals" depending upon the % correct. Whatever you decide. Remember to let them know that even to make it to the Olympics is an honor! Even adults get caught up in the medal count and forget that to even make the Olympic teams, the athletes have already been the best many times.

    You can do one packet with % correct, or do a Bronze level packet, a Silver level packet, and a Gold level packet that they can work towards as they complete each one.

    You can also differentiate the packets so that the math geniuses are on the same playing field as those students who are not as advanced in their skills.

    Good Luck!

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