I’m very excited to be involved in my very first blog hop. I’m teaming up with Jasmine over at Buzzing With Mrs McClain to tell you about something you oughta know! And that is… Math Speed Challenges on the Top Marks website!

This is a mental math challenge against the clock! Each math speed challenge gives the students 10 questions to answer. They are ideal for displaying on an interactive whiteboard or students can access the challenges on computers or tablets.

## Select the Mental Math Topic

First you must choose the area of mental maths and there is wide range of topics from number through to fractions and measures.

The next screen takes you through to more specific areas within the chosen topic so you can choose the level suited to abilities of the students in your class. On this page you must also select the length of time the students will have to answer each question. This ranges from 2 second to 20 seconds. I love decreasing the time my students have to answer the questions over the course of a teaching unit and watching how their mental recall skills have improved.

## The Challenge!

When you click on each of the specific math speed challenges the questions will start. I usually get my students to record their answers on mini whiteboards with a dry wipe pen.

Next the answer page will be displayed. You have to click on each question to reveal the answers, so you can reveal them one at a time. I usually get my students to mark their own work.

## Great Time Filler

You can use this anytime during the school day. It is great to use for a mental warm up in a math lesson or if you have a spare couple of minutes before lunch! It really does help the students to practise their mental calculation and recall skills and it is great watching them get quicker at the challenges over time. So why not check the site out? I hope you find it as useful as I have!

Lena Troxtell says

This is a really cool website. Thank you so much for sharing!

Lena

4th Grade with Glitter

Holly Rachel says

Hi Lena, I hope you find the website useful! There are so many great activities on it!

Jessica Plemons says

Great idea, thanks for sharing!

Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten

PamsPlace says

Definitely a resource I will have to check out. Thanks for sharing.

Lynda Williams says

This would make a nice sponge activity if you only had a few minutes and wanted it to be worthwhile Teaching Science With Lynda

Jen Bradshaw says

Thank you for sharing this wonderful resource, Holly. I can't wait to check out the website!

Best wishes!

Jen

TeacherKarma.com

Holly Rachel says

Thanks Jessica. I hope you find it useful 🙂

Holly Rachel says

Thank you! I hope you have a chance to check the site out 🙂

Holly Rachel says

Thanks Lynda – yes, it's a great filler activity when you have a few spare minutes!

Holly Rachel says

Thanks Jen. I hope you and your students find it useful 🙂

Debbie Crockett says

What a great site. Kids need more ways to practice basic facts and computation. This site looks like it will be both fun and challenging.

Debbie

Crockett's Classroom . . . Forever in Third Grade

Fern Smith says

I was so excited to find your post for the You Oughta Know Blog Hop, I'm your newest follower. I've pinned you too!

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Holly Rachel says

Hi Debbie, the site is great – so much on there. It covers such a wide range of all things Math! I hope you enjoy using it 🙂

Holly Rachel says

Thank you Fern!