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Excel Math Quick Start Guide
4 Easy Steps to Getting Started
1. Order your Excel Math Teacher Editions & Student Sets
The Teacher Edition includes Answers Keys, Lesson Plans to help guide your student to understand each concept, read-aloud problems, reproducible manipulatives, stretch exercises (brainteasers), and lots more!
Order a Projectable Lessons CD or download by grade level for classroom use (optional). The PDF files on this Projectable can be used with any computer or document reader to project lessons onto a whiteboard, screen, or interactive learning tool.
2. Take a look at your Teacher Editions & Student Sets
The book covers are color coded by grade level:
Student Lesson Sheets may not be copied. Thanks for honoring copyright law. Look for the 4-digit page number at the bottom center of each Student Lesson Sheet. The first digit is the grade level. The next three digits make up the page number. This lesson sheet is from Third Grade page 185:
3. Watch the Quick-Start Video [3:20 min]
More questions after watching the video? Visit our FAQ page.
Also visit our Product Updates page to find any updates for your lessons.
Use our complimentary Placement Tests in English and Spanish to see where your students should begin.
4. Learn how Excel Math works
See how students use our CheckAnswer system to check their own work.
Read about our unique Spiraling Process.
Now you’re ready to start teaching with Excel Math!
Excel Math lessons are fully correlated to Common Core (CCS) and State Standards. Read more and download Excel Math correlations here.
Excel Math lessons are much more than just worksheets. Using strategically placed spaced repetition, Excel Math gives you a proven approach to teach math concepts for long-term retention, with powerful features and advantages, including our unique Spiraling Strategy:
The first few weeks each year review the previous year's concepts. You can evaluate how your class grasps basic math concepts. Students should be confident before tackling new ideas. This powerful feature is built into Excel Math grades.
Most of the school year is devoted to introduction and reinforcement of math concepts, using a sophisticated spiraling approach. We regularly add new math concepts to meet state guidelines. Each week we introduce several new concepts. Students practice familiar concepts and prepare for assessment a week or two later. They have ample time to explore what they have learned — in class and at home; in calculation and word problems.
Our unique self-assessment enables students to confirm their work. The CheckAnswer process helps students develop confidence and good work strategies. They solve a set of 3-5 problems (A-C), add the answers and see if the sum matches the CheckAnswer (D). If it does, they move on. If not, they go back and re-check their calculation.
Each class “week” has 6 pages, with 5 lessons, and a test with our Create A Problem page that encourages Critical Thinking and literacy. You may find there is more material each week than you can use, especially if you have field trips or holidays. Use your own judgment to work through the lessons consecutively, or move quickly if your class is comfortable. Although we show the days here labeled as Monday through Friday, no day labels appear on the Lesson Sheets. Take two days on a lesson if your students need more time.
You may choose to do the fifth lesson and test during the Friday class period, and do the Create A Problem on Monday since there is no homework to discuss.
You can enhance your daily classroom experience with an electronic version of the lesson, which can be projected on a wall, screen or interactive learning board. Each Projectable contains PDF files on CD-R discs that can be used with any computer to project multiple slides for each lesson of the day. Projectable lessons may be printed for document cameras and overhead projectors. There is a Projectable for each grade level from Kindergarten to Grade 6. Watch a Projectable lesson in action.
Weekly, Quarterly and End-of-Year Tests are all cumulative. Charts in the Teacher Edition show you where each concept was introduced, should you need to go back for refreshment.
End-of-Year tests let you assess students’ grasp of the entire year’s content. We offer a summer school program for those who need special attention or tutoring. The final few weeks of lessons each year summarize what has been learned, and introduce a few new concepts that will appear in the next grade level. The year's main concepts have been introduced by lesson 135 or so.
We supply Activities in a separate section near the back of each Teacher Edition. These 12-15 exercises cover concepts that are not suitable for exploring in the Lesson Sheet format. They are critical to covering all your state requirements, so please don't neglect this section. It can be used on special days, or at the end of the year, if your class finishes early.
We offer summer school editions for all grade levels. These 6-week products are ideal for InterSession or After-School programs. You can select a lower grade for remediation, or a higher grade to provide challenges for advanced students. Read more.