Think Mentals - Maths Strategies and Practice

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Think Mentals Digital Classroom contains friendly strategies, a consistent structure and a plethora of excellent digital features, all designed to make teaching mental maths easy.

Friendly strategies brought to vivid life
Friendly strategies brought to vivid life

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. The Think Mentals Digital Classroom provides engaging videos and teaching slideshows that you can share in your classroom! These resources are a great way to explicitly teach mental computation strategies to your students.

View the Strategy Overview Guide to get a snapshot of when strategies are introduced or revised within each year level. View the Strategy Alignment Guide as a mapping document to see how the strategies align across year levels.

What’s in a week?

Day 1: Strategy
Each week begins with a new strategy. An engaging video introduces the strategy, followed by worked examples and practice questions.

Days 2–4: Practice
The focus strategy is consolidated with more practice questions. Previous strategies are reinforced with revision questions. Students then tackle a variety of general fluency question types from across the ACARA content strands.

Day 5: Assessment
The weekly test combines focus, revision and general fluency questions. Results are automatically collated into class assessment tables, which show whole-class results in an easy-to-read format.

What’s in a week?
Save time with online activities and automatic marking
Save time with online activities and automatic marking

Student activities come in a variety of online question types with simple, intuitive interfaces. Automatic marking saves you time and allows students to see how they’re tracking in each activity.

Carefully scaffolded questions

The general fluency questions contain number, word and illustration-based problems covering a range of general maths concepts and operations. Within these questions, the same targeted concepts are repeated throughout the week, and the level of difficulty for the targeted concepts increases as the week progresses. These questions give your students plenty of practice in all content areas of the Australian Curriculum:

  • Number and Algebra
  • Measurement and Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability
Carefully scaffolded questions
Track students in real time
Track students in real time

Monitor student performance with the Activity Tracker, which shows question results as they occur. The Tracker highlights areas of strength and weakness amongst your class, allowing you to quickly and effectively identify student needs.

View collated results

Collated in one handy place, student portfolios break down each individual’s results across formative and summative tasks, and class assessment tables show whole-class results in an easy-to-read mark book format.

View collated results
Challenge their thinking
Challenge their thinking

After students have learned the most effective strategies for mental computation, they can top off the later units with Think Box activities. These engaging problem-solving exercises are great brain training, whether they’re solved individually or in groups.

Access includes all year levels (Years 2–6)

Both teachers and students get access to all year levels of Think Mentals Digital Classroom – that’s the entire suite of resources for Years 2–6.

You’ll love the added flexibility and convenience that access to all year levels has to offer – especially if you teach a composite class.

Access includes all year levels (Years 2–6)