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  • Writer's pictureJessica Kaminski

Spiral Reviews That Actually Work!

Updated: Aug 12, 2022

Covid has certainly created a lot of learning challenges. Whether students have missed instruction due to illnesses, had interrupted instruction due to school closings/delays, or just lost instruction from the stress of everything. It has definitely been a year!

One of the things I have loved about some of the textbooks I've used is when the textbook begins each lesson with some form of review. This type of review is designed to activate prior knowledge to help students connect what they already know. It should be content they have seen before and help students to remember they have a lot of information stored in those fabulous brains of theirs!

That means that a thoughtful spiral review should include questions that challenge students while using skills they have already learned. I'm excited to say I have some for you to check out today!

I have been working with an amazing school district for years now, and we were thinking this would be a great way for students to catch up on some of those skills they may have missed in previous years. This spiral review:

  • is designed to be used four times a week. This gives you a fifth day to use as needed.

  • should be completed in 5 days or less. Students should spend the five minutes solving 1 problem a day to review previous skills.

  • continues in an UPWARD spiral. This isn't just a review of previous grade skills. It also follows on in grade level skills as well. Using the contents of a typical year, the skills will progressively get more challenging and review several on-grade level topics as they progress.

  • will address grades 1-6 for maximum performance from each grade level.

Each spiral review includes video and resources to help students apply what they have already learned in a way that helps them feel confident while moving forward. This is an awesome activity to help our students begin a lesson previewing previous tasks while still moving forward in just a few minutes a day! With 38 weeks of review, 4 problems a week, students are going to truly master their content for the school year!

Every time you see that video icon, simply click on the link to watch a video immediately from the Math with Purpose Video Library. This link requires no login and can be watched independently for students to complete the problem in their Spiral Review.

If you aren't convinced yet, click below to access your free printable previews with video. These samples will help you see what a difference a spiral review can make!

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Cora Lambert
Cora Lambert
Aug 13, 2021

How does this compare to the Singapore math fact fluency books? I was looking at that earlier this summer, i have 1 kid who is great at math and another who struggles and is a grade behind and we are trying to catch her up.


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