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    By mel

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    I start TArget Math in December. We have 3 weeks in December. We do it together each week so that when we return from Christmas they are ready to do it on their own. I feel like if you start it at the beginning of the year they will think it is too hard and give up. Plus you waste valuable practice that they could have gotten out of working the problems because you are having to teach them how to do it. If you wait, they will already know how to do the majority of them and it will truly be meaningful practice.

    How I use mine: I give my students their paper on Monday. It has four columns on it. I tell them that a good way to pace yourself is to do one column a day Monday through Thursday. On Friday they will be ready to check it aloud. They also have a little time on Friday if needed to complete it before checking.

    Last year I had a problem of some kids not being able to find theirs when Friday came. I have mine ready to go for next year in a folder with all my morning math. I use Drops in the bucket 1st six weeks 2nd grade book and then we move on to the 3rd grade book and complete that. We are then ready for Target Math. I also have Target the Question, but they are typed on a worksheet so I do not have to put up the board. I don't have the space. It is on a front and back page. The Target the Question can get kind of hard for 3rd grade, but it is great practice for some of those harder questions that appear on TAKS.

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