Math Focus Skills
We begin each lesson working on Xtra Math.  This is an online math facts program that allows the students to  practice their grade appropriate facts.  They focus on improving their scores each time they work on it.  After that, the students do problem solving from the Go Math! Series.  We use a solve the problems together using the C.U.B.E.S. Method (Circle numbers, Underline the question, Box the Math Action words, Eliminate information not needed, Show your work.)  This strategy allows the students to focus on the important information and understand the problem better. After that, we work on the Focus skills that are being taught in the classroom.  We use dry erase markers and boards, a variety of manipulatives, and whatever it takes to allow the students to understand the concepts that are being taught.