Math 3-6

Cumulative Review


Continual use of foundational skills with different problems reinforces a conceptual understanding of math skills. Cumulative review allows students to repeatedly practice math concepts, both overall math skills, such as Arithmetic Fact Retrieval, as well as targeted math skills, such as Statistical Reasoning. Using spaced practice to review these different concepts helps students explicitly connect related mathematical ideas, leading to Mathematical Flexibility.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this fifth grade teacher incorporates a daily routine for having her students practice cumulative review problems using post-its, games, and websites. She also shares an application she uses to record her lessons to allow students to review her lesson independently.

  • Teachers can use scavenger hunts for cumulative review, where individual problems are taped around the room for students to find and solve. Identifying the crucial skills that are necessary for more advanced concepts and intentionally reviewing them can positively impact students' future math outcomes.
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    See how Multiplications with Math Mathews includes a practice session of multiplication facts before gameplay. By allowing learners to choose which facts they review, these apps encourage learners to take ownership of knowing what they need to practice to build their Arithmetic Fact Retrieval.

  • Products can provide cumulative review sessions in fun formats such as games. Such review is especially important after a major unit of instruction.
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