Lately, my elementary students have needed to review their math facts, so once again we’ve pulled out the old flash cards and made going through them part of our school day. Although the flash cards are helpful, we’ve also been using a more enjoyable, hands-on alternative: Learning Wrap Ups.
Wrap Ups come in sets of plastic key-shaped pieces about five inches in length. A long, thin string is attached to the top of the set of wrap ups. On each one, problems are presented on the left side and answers on the right, in no particular order. Students, then, hold the string between their fingers, and, beginning with the first problem on the left, wrap the string around the “key” to match the problems with the correct answers. When they’ve finished, students can then flip over the key to check if all of their answers were right. If they are, the string will match the raised lines on the back.
If you’re child needs to work on learning his math facts, there are many different Wrap Up sets available. You’ll find not only basic addition and subtraction, but also multiplication, division, and fractions. For older students, practice with pre-algebra is also available, including concepts such as adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing integers; solving for the unknown; distributive properties, primes, and squares; and order of operations.
And that’s not all. You can find Wrap Ups to use with other subjects as well. Vocabulary Wrap Ups cover synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, and compound words, while geography Wrap Ups help students learn the states and capitals. There are even Wrap Ups for little ones that review the alphabet, numbers, and shapes.
One of the best things about Wrap Ups is that they are fun for kids to use. While my children tend to groan a little when I pull out the flash cards, they enjoy using the Wrap Ups on their own. Because of the small size of the keys, Wrap Ups are also easy to use in the car as you run errands together or as a special activity during long trips. All in all, Wrap Ups are a great way to get in some more review of those often elusive facts.
Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell
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