Xtra Math and Excel

In my years of teaching, I have noticed that learning math facts with fluency can either being really hard or really easy for our students.  I have had students that learn their multiplication facts in a week (no joke), but that's not always the case.  Just like everything else, most of our students need the structure and motivation to learn these facts.
A godsend to me has been Xtra Math. If you're not familiar, Xtra Math is a website for students to practice fluency of math facts.  The interface is inviting (who doesn't feel comforted when that bald guy in the red shirt is guiding you) and extremely motivating to my students.
Love him.

You can choose what math operation you want your students to work on.  My students usually log in everyday and it only takes about 10 minutes to complete the work for the day.  Every Monday, the website emails the students' scores for the week.  Since the program only takes about 10-15 minutes out of our days, I have been trying to tie it in to the other topic we have been discussing in math (graphing).  My students have been updating their "Xtra Math Tables" every Tuesday with their scores for the week.



With the assistance of my husband (I'm still trying to get the hang of it myself) we are working on making a spreadsheet for my students to input and graph their scores.  I like the idea of using Exel to graph because it gives it a more real world purpose than most graphing activities provide (although I do love me some Lucky Charms or M&M's graphing, it's not really that meaningful).

Have you used Xtra Math?  Has it helped your students learn their basic operations?

6 comments

  1. I haven't used Xtra Math before, but this is the 2nd time I have heard it mentioned in the past few days. Love the idea of teaching the kids to use excel! It is such a useful tool! This is also my first time to your blog and I love the design! So cute!
    Michelle
    A New Day of Learning

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  2. I'll have to check this math site out. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I have been looking for a site for math fluency....this sounds perfect! Thanks so much for sharing. I love how you are having students track their progress.

    Laura
    www.discoveringhiddenpotential.com

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  4. My kids need so much practice on math fluency. I had never heard of this. Will look into it. Thanks!!

    BuggyForFirst

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