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Mental Maths Strategies {No Drill}

Mental Maths Strategies {No Drill}

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Using timed tests or ‘shoot-out’ activities  are not the way to teach mental maths. This type of activity is focussed on recall and memorization of facts and not on building a range of strategies to call upon when solving mental computation. 

Research from Prof. Jo Boaler proves that these types of programs are causing more harm than good to students; sadly they are also  responsible for students suffering from math anxiety. It’s time to stop using them and start teaching your kids the strategies to solve math problems mentally.

When you take the time to teach students a variety of mental math strategies,  you are equipping them with the skills and confidence to solve more complex math problems in the future.

Strategy focussed mental math teaching programs will help your students become successful at math.

They will also make math sessions enjoyable, exciting and fun for all your learners!

Mental Maths Strategies

The purpose of Mental Math teaching programs is not speed, and there is no evidence that links speed to higher achievement levels.

Instead mental math programs need to Teach:

  • Students a wide range of mental strategies to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication & division math problems. Before memorizing facts.
  • Which strategy to select to solve a problem efficiently.
  • Good number sense understanding so that students can judge the reasonableness of their answers

After the teaching strategies then programs can focus on:

  • Practicing and applying strategies
  • Building flexibility, fluency and  automaticity to solve problems mentally.

Use these Hands on Teaching Resources to help teach a wide range of mental math strategies.

Mental Maths By Year Level

Click the images to find out which Mental Maths Strategies to teach for your Year Level & matching resources! Or Scroll down to Activities

Addition Mental Math Strategies

Introduce bridging to 10 with these task cards. Students pick a card, first find the 2 numbers that make 10 and then add the remaining number. Add some pipe cleaners 7 beads and you've got a hands-on math centre ready to build mental math skills!
Build A Fact Tower Games - Addition Facts & Turn Arounds 0-12
Build A Fact Tower Games - Addition Facts & Turn Arounds 13-24
This version of the Mental Split/Partitioning Math addition Strategy is for decimal numbers. A great activity that will help students learn the mental strategy using hands on math. Y5 ACMNA291/Y6 ACMNA123
This 2 digit write & wipe activity includes 24 2 digit problems & 8 2 digit word problems to solve. Students are encouraged to use the place value partitioning strategy to work through the problem. This resource teaches your kids to break the numbers into tens and ones then add 10's to 10's and 1's to 1's. Year 2 ACMNA028 & Year 3 ACMNA053
Counting on With a number line, & Ten Frames
Counting on With a number line, & Ten Frames
Counting on With a number line, & Ten Frames
Counting on With a number line, & Ten Frames
Rainbow Facts Worksheets with number lines & ten frames to 100
Rainbow Facts To 10 Craft Activity with ten frames
Rainbow facts Puzzles to 100
Rainbow Fact Puzzles to 100
Rainbow Write & Wipe Math Center Activity 100 Product image
Rainbow Fact Write & Wipe Centre
Mental Math Poster for Making A 10 (Also Known As Bridging)Strategy. Colour & low ink to print on your patterned paper. Y2 ACMNA030
Mental Math Poster for Bridging to 10 Strategy. Colour & low ink to print on your patterned paper. Y2 ACMNA030
Mental Math Poster for Split Strategy to 2 decimal places. Colour & low ink to print on your patterned paper. Y5 ACMNA291/Y6 ACMNA123
Mental Math Poster for Split Strategy for 2 digit numbers. Colour & low ink to print on your patterned paper Year 2 ACMNA028 & Year 3 ACMNA053
Mental Math Poster for Split Strategy to 1 decimal Place. Colour & low ink to print on your patterned paper. Y5 ACMNA291/Y6 ACMNA123

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