Objective: Diagnose the student’s basic math skills: Addition with carrying, subtraction with regrouping, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals.


Implementation: Have students work 6 questions on a 3x5 card with their name and date in the upper right hand corner
1. 29 + 45
2. 400 – 111
3. 56 x 78
4. 2,428 ÷ 42
5. 2/3 + 4/5
6. 2.75 + 49.642


Feedback: A quick read through the cards will let you know where the problems are. Taking a little more time can help determine if this particular group of students has problem areas focused more heavily in one area.


Comments: This is not a lengthy process. Time the event to take less than 5 minutes from start to finish


Additional Applications: Now that you have the student’s names on the 3x5 cards, use them to call on students throughout the class session. Goal: call on each student at least once during the class time. Calling on students in class can be made less threatening by use the “Who wants to be a millionaire” model. If a student is called on, they can ask for a class poll or they can ask for a lifeline. Lifelines can be the students who are volunteering or the next card in your hand.

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