This series of modules provides a suggested sequence of activities for developing the mental computation of students. The activities are aimed mainly at developing specific strategies for processing mental calculations. The complete series is intended to serve as a practical classroom resource for teaching thinking strategies for mental computation in a coherent and sequential manner.

Module one: an introduction

Click the link below to download a PDF copy of the first module, which serves as an introduction to the six-part series.

Module 1

Module two:  Basic facts, addition and subtraction

Click the link below to download a PDF copy of the second module in the series, which focuses on the basic facts of mental computation, addition and subtraction.

Module 2

Module three: Basic facts, multiplication and division

Click the link below to download a PDF copy of the third module in the series, which focuses on the basic facts of multiplication and division. Module three has two aims; to develop instant recall or swift calculation of the basic (i.e. single- digit) multiplication and related division facts; and to develop proficiency in using specific mental computation strategies.

Module 3

Module four: Two digits whole numbers

Click the link below to download a PDF copy of the fourth module in the series, which focuses on the basic facts of multiplication and division.

Module 4

Module five: Fractions and decimals

Click the link below to download a PDF copy of the fifth module in the series. The focus of this module is on mental computation of common and decimal fractions.

Module 5

Modules six: Ratio and percent

Click the link below to download a PDF copy of the sixth and final module in the series. The focus of this module is on mental computation involving ratio and percent.

Module 6

This set of modules was prepared as part of Strategic Partnership with Industry – Research and Training (SPIRT) scheme project (C00107187): Assessing and Improving the Mental Computation of School-age Children. The modules were published by the Department of Education Tasmania, 2004.

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