Think Mentals is the friendly approach to quick and efficient mental computation, with explicitly taught strategies and plenty of scaffolded practice.
Friendly mental computation strategies for students
Think Mentals teaches students how to break maths problems into friendly, manageable chunks. Once they can do this, students will develop the skills and confidence to perform mental computations efficiently.
View the Strategy Overview Guide to get a snapshot of when strategies are introduced and revised within each year level. View the Strategy Alignment Guide to see how the strategies align across year levels.
Structure and consistency across the week
The easy-to-follow weekly structure includes worked examples of strategies and carefully graded practice activities to help students achieve fluency in maths.
Each week begins with a new strategy. A friendly explanation is followed by worked examples and practice questions.
The focus strategy is consolidated with more practice questions. Previous strategies are reinforced with revision questions. Students then tackle a variety of general fluency questions from across the ACARA content strands.
The weekly test combines focus, revision and general fluency questions.
From scaffolded questions to extra challenges
The general fluency questions contain targeted concepts that are repeated throughout the week, and the level of difficulty of these concepts increases as the week progresses. This gives students a scaffolded approach to improve their maths skills.
Students who are looking for a little extra can complete the Think Box activities. Available within the revision units, these engaging problem-solving exercises are great brain training and can be solved individually or in groups.
Choose the format that suits your classroom
Enjoy the convenience of a workbook, with each year level carefully sequenced into weekly units of work. Don’t forget to also sign up for the free projectable answers.
Enjoy the benefits of a digital platform, with the planning, marking and reporting done for you. To top it off, teachers and students get access to all year levels of content.
Watch the Think Mentals Digital video to find out how the digital platform enhances the teaching and learning experience.
Engage students with easy-to-understand videos and stepped-out slideshows to explicitly teach and consolidate the application of each strategy.
Watch a sample strategy video: Year 4: Addition Strategy Friendly Balance
Enjoy the convenience of automatic marking for every activity. Not only does this save valuable time for teachers, it also provides students with instant feedback on their answers. A win-win for everyone!
Monitor student performance with the Activity Tracker. Students’ results populate in real time, allowing for prompt and effective intervention when they need a helping hand.
Activity and assessment results are collated in student and class portfolios so everything you need for reporting and data analysis is ready when you want it.
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