Math Interventions - Acquisition Interventions: The task is too hard for the student

 

Pirate Math

Pirate Math is a program designed to improve the word-problem skill of elementary-aged students. Currently, there is a Pirate Math program for use in second-grade classrooms and a third-grade program for use as an individual tutoring intervention. During Pirate Math, students learn to

  • Focus on and identify the conceptual framework of three types of word problems (i.e., Total, Difference, and Change word problems);
  • Identify and ignore irrelevant information;
  • Translate a word problem’s narrative to a mathematical equation, substituting “X” for the missing information;
  • Solve for the missing variable (“X”) as expressed in the mathematical equation; and
  • Self-evaluate the reasonableness of solved equations.

Common Core Standards: Varied

Setting: Whole Class and Individual

Focus Area: Acquisition, Fluency and Generalization

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Math Wise

Math Wise is a whole-class intervention for second-grade students. With Math Wise, students participate in lessons focused on addition and subtraction of single- and double-digit numbers.

Common Core Standards: Varied

Setting: Whole Class

Focus Area: Acquisition, Fluency and Generalization

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Keyword Mnemonics

Mnemonics are strategies and techniques that aid in memory.  A mnemonic keyword connects a new vocabulary word to students’ prior knowledge by using a visual depicting the definition to the new vocabulary word.  New vocabulary terms are introduced through a similar sounding word (keyword).  This keyword is illustrated in such a way that the keyword interacts with critical attributes of the definition of the new word.  Lastly, a sentence is created to connect the keyword to the new definition.

Common Core Standards: Varied

Setting: Whole Class, Small Group, Individual

Focus Area: Acquisition, Fluency and Generalization

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Interleaved Solutions and Problem Solving

The purpose of interleaving worked problems and problems to solve is to provide scaffolding through models or examples for students as they proceed through a set of math problems

Common Core Standards: Varied

Setting: Whole Class, Small Group, Individual

Focus Area: Acquisition, Fluency and Generalization

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Cross Age Peer Tutoring

This is a cross-age peer tutoring intervention that works by pairing students from different grades and ability levels to work on an academic skill together. The older/higher ability student will be the tutor; and the younger/lower ability student will be the tutee. The students work together to practice a skill. This is beneficial for both the tutors and the tutees.

Instructional Match

The purpose of this intervention is to improve instruction through the accurate assessment of the student’s current instructional level and selection of appropriately matched curriculum and materials to the student’s current level and ability. A student’s prior knowledge, the difficulty of the learning task, and the pace of instruction differ, and therefore instruction must be tailored to the individual student to generate an instructional match.

  • Full Intervention Brief: Instructional Match
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