Marko the Pencil helps students boost math skills and score high on tests. Students learn how to read problems carefully, identify relevant information, use pictures and diagrams, and look for patterns. Clear explanations and outrageous humor make this DVD fun and effective. Correlated to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards.
Grades 3 & 4. Approx. 58 minutes
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Rock 'N Learn assembled a team of teachers known for getting high scores from their students on state-mandated math tests. We also examined standardized tests in several states and discovered the winning strategies for boosting scores and reducing stress.
Marko's clear explanations, fun songs, and outrageous humor add to the excitement.
Although the math material on this DVD is at a third grade level, students in the fourth grade will also benefit from the review of concepts and strategies for getting top scores on a standardized math test.
Marko the Pencil's irresistible humor throughout the program helps students stay focused. Step by step, kids practice the top strategies proven to boost their test scores on a math test. They learn to analyze word problems, filter extraneous information, and rule out multiple-choice options that could not be correct. By following these steps, students have a much better chance of choosing the right answers.
Students learn the importance of reading each problem carefully, checking answers to see if they are reasonable, and knowing their math terms and definitions.
As a special reward at the end of Math Word Problems DVD, Marko the Pencil makes an appearance at the Golden Stylus Comedy room. His clever math jokes will have kids laughing and retelling the jokes to others. Marko is played by Vic Mignogna, Best Actor, 2007 American Anime Awards.
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Math Word Problems DVD gives students valuable practice with problems involving:
This DVD serves as an excellent introduction to assessment tests. A friendly pencil named Marko gives "tips" to taking tests. Multiple choice tests with math word problems may be new or difficult for children who are not continually tested in this format, but Marko takes all the scariness out of the tests. Using example problems, Marko and the virtual student explain and show kids just how to read the entire question, select the information that is required to answer the question, and how to reason out the best answer by reading all the answers and selecting the one that answers the question. Marko demonstrates how to properly mark the test booklet by filling in the bubble completely. He also tells kids to erase any other marks from the paper to ensure they receive the proper credit for their answers. Marko the Pencil moves through a variety of problems that appear on most standardized tests. By the end of the show, children should feel comfortable with the formatting of standardized testing and the types of problems they will be required to solve and mark correctly within a test booklet or on an answer sheet. This DVD is recommended because it is a great way to introduce testing to children who have not previously been in a testing situation - Kate O'Mara Eclectic Homeschool Online
Most all of the kids who viewed it loved it. They were engaged and learning, They felt good about themselves even when they gave the wrong answers. You don't feel embarrassed when Marko explains the right answers. - Kids First Kid Juror Comment
This is a super tool for teachers to use with classes preparing for standardized tests. It covers everything students would need to know and shows good examples. Wonderful explanations of the types of math problems that children may encounter. As a Math Teacher for 12 years, I really appreciated specific aspects to this video. - Kids First Adult Juror Comment
Marko the Pencil takes viewers step-by-step through solving 40 math problems. The tips provided about erasing completely and having a good breakfast are solid, as are the specific math strategies like looking for patterns and drawing a picture to solve problems. - Stephanie Farnlacher, Trace Crossing Elementary School, Hoover, LA Review from School Library Journal
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Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
Solve two-step word problems using the four operations.
Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes. Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes, e.g., by representing the problem on a number line diagram.
Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent a data set with several categories. Solve one- and two-step "how many more" and "how many less" problems using information presented in scaled bar graphs. For example, draw a bar graph in which each square in the bar graph might represent 5 pets.
Measure areas by counting unit squares (square cm, square m, square in, square ft, and improvised units).
Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding the perimeter given the side lengths, finding an unknown side length, and exhibiting rectangles with the same perimeter and different areas or with the same area and different perimeters.