Common Sense Review
Updated June 2014

IXL: Math -- Second-grade skills

Extensive practice and assessment covering more than 200 grade-level skills
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  • A long list of drill sets covers a variety of skills.
  • Some practice problems also address mathematical thinking with logic questions.
  • Kids can practice graphing and data-representation skills.
  • Explanations for wrong answers may not be sufficient for some struggling learners.
Mieke VanderBorght
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Common Sense Rating 4
How Can Teachers Use It?

IXL's second-grade math module covers more than 200 specific skills in 24 categories, including estimation and rounding, data and graphs, and measurement. Teachers can easily find topics that align to specific Common Core standards or other grade-level appropriate topics. Teachers should know that very few of these activities teach concepts; rather, these drills offer practice and assessment, including helpful reports on kids' progress. Plan on teaching this material separately in class, as the program's explanations for wrong answers are somewhat superficial.

Some kids, however, will enjoy trying out new concepts and may learn best through trial and error. Let these students explore at their own pace. Using the program in this way, be sure to review progress reports to pinpoint areas for improvement, in the form of either in-class supplements or extra drills on the site. Alternately, you might also use the drills as a quick, fun, and easy way to administer tests or quizzes, or to prepare kids for upcoming standardized tests.

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