Numeracy skills are so important and I think the current Ontario curriculum for math doesn’t emphasize them enough. Students who can add, subtract, multiply and divide quickly are at an immediate advantage to those who don’t have that skill laid out as part of their mathematics foundation.
When I was younger, I used to do math drills on various topics as part of a math program I was enrolled in called Spirit of Math. These included things like:
- addition (2×2, 3×2)
- short multiplication (2×1, 3×1)
- integer addition (2×1, 2×2)
- long division
- decimal expansion
- perfect squares
When I tutor students in math, I sometimes like to start our classes with a quick five-minute drill marketed as a game. (Sneaky sneaky, I know… but it’s necessary – I used to hate these drills, but now I recognize they were awesome.)
Depending on the skill level of the student and the topic, you can change the time limit. If they complete the drill within the time limit and with a perfect score, it counts as a game win towards a prize!
I’ve put together two printables with drills of two different sizes. The one with only two drills is mainly for students who write larger (or younger students).
Click on the images to download: