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What is the best way to display my cards?

The cards in our kits are to be displayed on a bulletin board, wall, cabinet, science display board, white board, etc. We suggest you use vinyl mounts which attach to the surface either using staples, colored duct tape, magnets, or pins. You can purchase the vinyl mounts from us, or instructions to make them yourself are included in the kit . The mounts come grade specific and are labeled to correspond with each set of cards. The cards are labeled in the bottom left-hand corner with a code (4-3). The first number tells you the grade level. The next number tells you where to place the cards on the board. The vinyl mounts will be labeled the same way. Use the picture on the coversheet to see a suggested placement of the cards. Adjust the card placement to fit the size of your bulletin board. All of the cards fit in the vinyl mounts providing easy organization and storage throughout the year.

Are the cards in any order?

The cards aren't in any order. This provides you with the flexibility to adapt the difficulty level to the level of your class each year. Some cards are more rigorous--use your professional judgment when selecting the order.

Do the Bulletin Board Kits come with an answer key?

There are over 500+ different board combinations. Teachers will be using the cards in different combinations making an answer key cumbersome and arduous. The focus of our products is concept mastery, making the process more important than the final answer. You can make an answer key at the beginning of each board change.

How long does it take to complete the board?

You teach the concept and then use our products to review that concept. The teacher decides how many and which problems the students do each day. You will be ready to introduce the response sheet to your students after you have taught a few of the concepts. It will take your students longer to finish the board at the beginning of the year when they are just learning how to do it. If the students have learned a concept in previous grades and are building on it, choose an easier card to start with. The idea is to spend 10-15 minutes a day on review. As the teacher teaches new concepts, those concepts will be added to the rotation. In our math programs, there are between 24-32 different problems. There are enough problems to last all year - mixing them up gives you endless possibilities. Your students should be able to do the entire board in 10-15 minutes towards the end of the year.

Are pre- and post-tests included?

For a pre-test, have your students do the entire board at the first of the year. A post-test will be done at the end of the year by doing an entire board. You will be able to see exactly what concepts each student knows and/or what they still need to work on. The concepts for each number are listed on the coversheet. Having your students do an entire different board several days in a row, often during the year, provides excellent assessment. It is a great way to provide assessment for Parent-Teacher

What if some of my students do the entire board the first day?

Instead of changing every card on the board, only turn the cards for that day. They will be seeing only the new problems for that specific day. They will have done the other problems the previous week.

What if I haven't taught the concept yet?

You can choose to do a mini lesson on that concept and choose the easier problems, or you can display only the cards of the concepts you have taught. Add the concept cards to the review as you teach new ones.

What if I lose the response sheet?
We will send you a new response sheet if you email us. We will need to know which product you are using along with the grade level.

Does Kindergarten have a response sheet?

Our Mountain Math and Mountain Language Kindergarten kits do not have a response sheet at this time. They come with suggested questions for each concept. Our Kindergarten Common Core Warm-Ups kits have suggested questions for the beginning of the year and then move to a response sheet when the students are ready to use one.

How do the bulletin boards, centers, and online programs differ?

The bulletin board kits and the online programs are meant to be seen by the whole class. The centers are meant for small group instruction. Centers measure 13"X19" and will not be able to be seen by the entire class. At each grade level, they all cover the same concepts and use the same response sheets.

What grade levels are available in both math and language?

Our Mountain Math Kits are available from Kindergarten to Algebra. Our Common Core Warm-Ups Kits are available from Kindergarten to Sixth Grade at this time.
Our Mountain Language Kits are available from Kindergarten to 7/8 Grade.