Whiz at Math & Mini-Giveaway

Hello friends! I hope you had a relaxing weekend!

I just wanted to do a quick post today about something fun my class does every Friday.  It's called Whiz at Math (WhaM!) and it's so fun!  I'm also going to give it away to five lucky readers! Score! Wham!

It's so fun, in fact, that when I forget (imagine that!) my students are more than happy to remind me once or twice eighty times. 

Now you're all, "What are you talking about??"

WhaM is a series of five timed quizzes. The quizzes have all kinds of important skills like doubles facts, time, and fact families.  Every Friday, each student takes one of the five quizzes.  All students get two minutes.  If they finish in time and get a 100%, they get to try the next level the next week.  If they don't, they just stay on the same level until they finish.  It doesn't get too complicated because there are only five quizzes.

The whole process takes about 5-7 minutes.

What I really like is that the quizzes are challenging and in later levels, the advanced kiddos still have to work hard to pass the quiz.  They feel really good about themselves when they finally do!

It's also easy to differentiate by adding time or lifting the time limit for some of the strugglers.

I also make it super funtastical!

No doubt you've heard all about Image Stuff and their Brag Tags.  No doubt you already know how much I love them.
Well, the Brag Tags are the perfect incentive for my WhaM! Other incentives are great too, but the Brag Tags are super inexpensive and the kids go crazy for them.

Here's how it works in my room:

Students who pass the first WhaM Quiz #1 earn the Math Award:


 Students who pass WhaM #3 earn the Math Wizard:


And finally, students who pass the fifth and final quiz earn Math Ninja! (It is highly-coveted.)


By the end of the year, everyone will earn the Math Ninja (even if I had to make accommodations).

The five quizzes should last most of the year.  How cool is that? 

Here's a link to the WhaM if you'd like to check it out!


But the best part about this post is that I'm going to give it away to five lucky winners! You can use it even if you don't have Brag Tags. :)

Leave a comment below and tell me why you'd like these - and I'll draw five winners to get it for free! This mini-giveaway will end tomorrow at 11:59pm PST. I'll choose the winners on Tuesday.

Have a great week, friends! :)


25 comments

  1. I love Brag Tags and would love to win! Students just think it is so cool!

    rmariemuniz@hotmail.com

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  2. I have never done the brag tags, but your post about the Wham quizzes sure got my attention. I'm always looking for ways to assess math skills with my second graders in new and interesting ways. I think it would also be a great way to keep students motivated to continuously improve on basic skills. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Storie
    atozscrapbook@gmail.com
    Stories by Storie

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  3. I LOVE this idea! What a great way to get kids motivated to learn their facts and improve their fact fluency! Thanks for the chance to win! :o)

    œKaryn
    A is for Apple B is for Blog
    Kideducator@comcast.net

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  4. The brag tags would be great to reward positive behavior!

    cheriemae@gmail.com

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  5. What a great idea! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Stephanie
    stephanie.m.souza@gmail.com

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  6. So cute! Love the ninja tag!
    thepolishedteacher@gmail.com
    ThePolishedTeacher

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  7. Cute! I have something similar going on in my class, but yours sounds more fun!

    Aloha,
    Corinna
    Corgandara@gmail.com

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  8. I love your WHAM idea! Math is my favorite subject to teach and I'm always looking for new, exciting ways to test out their skills! I love that its geared towards a variety of levels. It would be an excellent resource for my 2nd graders. I've also always wanted to try brag tags. They are on my to do list for next year! They look so fun and encouragin! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    Marcy
    www.saddleupfor2ndgrade.blogspot.com

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  9. I love your wham idea. I would love to use it in my classroom.

    Thanks,
    Cindy
    cindyw98@aol.com

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  10. This looks like fun!
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  11. I'm always looking for new and fun ways to get math in my kids' brains! And I want to try brag tags! Thanks so much! differentdogwoodcottage@gmail.com

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  12. Fact fluency is something that my students need more practice with. They are getting tired of the same old timed tests. I have been looking for something more exciting and motivating. I LOVE your idea! Your brag tags are super. Kids must love working to earn them!

    Jeannine
    Creative Lesson Cafe
    creativelessoncafe@gmail.com

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  13. I love the brag tag idea. I also love that these are a quick, fun way to assess the students!

    Meaghan
    meaghan.mclaughlin.mm@gmail.com

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  14. I love anything math related that gets kids excited - and for it to be differentiated - AWESOME!! Thank you for sharing your successes!
    Linda
    piccolal@bellsouth.net

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  15. Oh wow! I have extra help until April and we have divided up the students in small groups and are really working on math facts. These look perfect!
    cbartram@kitcarsonschool.com

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  16. I love everything I find on your blog- especially because I am student teaching and looking for great ideas for a small price!! I would love to win!
    Margot

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  17. My homeschooler and I could have so much fun with these. Due to her sensory and learning deficits, she really struggles with maths and it is so heartbreaking to watch her, when I know she is trying so hard. Our best success has been with math games and quizzes. I think adding the timing component here would help her confidence, as she becomes able to complete tasks in shorter intervals. Thanks for the opportunity. thursdaytook@hotmail.com

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  18. We do timed tests at my school and these look like they'd be a great next step :)
    Liz
    Teaching in the Valley
    teachinginthevalley@gmail.com

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  19. This looks fun! I need all the math help and motivation I can get....and whaM! Might be just what my class needs! :)
    Jprowell11@gmail.com

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  20. Love the Brag Tags! Why do we have Wham songs stuck in our heads now? Loved that band...And, LOVE your math ideas! :D

    Christy & Tammy

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  22. Looks fabulous!
    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple
    theresourcefulapple@gmail.com

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  23. I just had to stop by and thank you for sharing the brag tags. These are genius!! It was exactly what my class needed to be reenergized and excited to practice their facts. I love to watch the whole class community cheer on kids who achieve their Math Ninja or Math Wizard status! Thanks again.

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    1. I am so thrilled to hear this! I agree that the kiddos just love that extra fun incentive and they love watching their friends succeed, for sure! And they are so cheap, right? Totally worth it!

      Thanks for coming back and sharing how it's working for you!!

      Kate

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