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Learn Arithmetic with Math Skill Builders: Worksheet Generators


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Students can learn to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, decimals, and fractions with individualized arithmetic worksheets. The Worksheet Generator programs make learning arithmetic easier by carefully progressing through skill levels. Skill levels in the Math Skill Builders series present just one new concept at each level. Students can progress at their own speed with frequent success, as they reach the major goals of learning arithmetic.

We suggest using the Worksheet Generators to provide learning activities as part of a repetitive process of:

  • Diagnosis/ assessment- Identify the learner's current level of competence.
  • Instruction- Provide instruction in a new concept as introduced at a skill level higher than the current skill level.
  • Practice-Provide the student with practice or repetition to ensure skill acquisition.
  • Progress - Introduce higher skill levels, different operations, and different problem types as skill levels are mastered.
  1. Conduct diagnosis to identify current skill level
    In the Worksheet Generator, choose to make Diagnostic worksheets. Diagnostic worksheets have one problem at each skill level and operation for all the levels in that problem type. After students answer as many problems as they can, check the answers with the answer key. The highest number problem that a student answers correctly is the student's current skill level. The next level is the the target skill level at which that student needs instruction.

  2. Provide specific instruction
    In the Worksheet Generator, look at the list of Skill Level Definitions to see what skill is learned at each skill level. Choose to make Practice worksheets at the target skill level. Use the worksheets, and answer keys with complete stepped out solutions, to show the student how to solve problems. The objective for instruction should be for the student to learn the specific skill as identified by the skill level definition.

    Once you have provided sufficient instruction in a new skill, the student is ready for practice.

  3. Provide practice to facilitate learning new skills
    After appropriate instruction, give students practice worksheets at their target skill levels. In the Worksheet Generator program create Practice worksheets for students as homework, or as a class assignment. Choose the number of problems that you want the student to solve at the target skill level. Check the worksheets. Use the results to determine if the student needs more instruction or practice, or if the target skill level should be changed.

      If a student scored a percentage correct that indicates competency at that level, then the target skill level should be increased, and the student is ready for instruction and practice at a new target skill level.

      If a student scored a percentage correct that indicates not completely competent, but enough to indicate progress, then the student needs further instruction and practice at the current target skill level.

      If a student scored a percentage correct that indicates no competence, then the student may need more instruction at this skill level. It may also be appropriate to decrease the target skill level, and the student should receive instruction and practice at a lower skill level.

    Repeat the cycle of instruction and practice to help students achieve competence at all skill levels.

  4. Progress through skill levels, operations, and problem types
    In any of the Worksheet Generator programs, guide students' progress through the structured skill levels of any operation by starting with quick tests and providing customized worksheets for practice, review and challenge.

    When a student has completed all, or enough, skill levels in an operation, progress to the next most difficult operation. The suggested order of progression through operations is addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. You may want to overlap some of the operations. For example, after the student has completed several of the lower level addition skills, start with the lowest level subtraction skills.

    Introduce a new problem type when a student has completed all operations in a problem type, or while a student is completing the most difficult problems in the current problem type. To make worksheets for whole numbers, decimals, and fractions, use these Worksheet Generator programs:


    To record student progress, each of the Worksheet Generator Programs provides scoresheets. Use these to keep track of the worksheets students have completed, their scores and their skill levels. To manage and record the progress of many students use Math Skill Builders: Class Manager

Last Updated on December 20, 2006 by Chuck at SSSoftware.com