Rod and Staff Math - Grade 2

Math Grade 2:

Working Arithmetic

Pupil Workbooks

The 170 lessons are bound in 5 pupil workbooks with tear-out pages. Each workbook lesson has two perforated sheets. The children can tear out one lesson each day. The tear-out pages also make checking more convenient.

Unit 1 (166 pages) reviews addition and subtraction facts through 10 and other skills taught in Grade 1; Unit 2 (86 pages) teaches all the addition and subtraction facts for 11; Unit 3 (174 pages), the 12's and 13's and carrying and borrowing; Unit 4 (146 pages), the 14's and 15's; and Unit 5 (138 pages), the 16's-18's. Money, time, and measures are reviewed; half dollar, quarter hour, and pounds and ounces are introduced. Continuous review is built into the lessons, and simple reading problems are practiced frequently. Speed drills are included in the workbooks.

Teacher's Manual

The Teacher's Manual comes in 2 hardcover volumes, with Units 1 and 2 in Book 1 (231 pages), and Units 3-5 in Book 2 (381 pages). The manual is essential for classtime instructions and for workbook directions.

Pupil's pages are shown at a reduced size with colored answers filled in. White areas show what the pupil's workbook is like, and shaded areas indicate teacher instructions. An exception to this pattern is the fourth page of each workbook lesson, which is always a speed drill or an extra activity. These pages are also reduced in size with colored answers, but they are shown within the shaded teacher's portion of a lesson.

In the Teacher's Manual, each lesson is outlined under three main headings: Before Class, Class Time, and After Class. Before Class lists the things to do before school in the morning. Class Time tells you what to do during your teaching session. After Class gives further practice with new material, and it also previews concepts that are taught in succeeding lessons. Thus, new material is introduced by stages: first in After Class, then in Class Time, and finally in the pupil's lesson. A pupil is usually exposed to a new concept several times before he actually uses it in a written assignment.

When the word triplet is used, it refers to teaching a math fact as a whole number and two parts, such as (11) 6 5, which helps to rivet the idea that no matter if a child adds or subtracts, these three numbers must stay together. Thus, a child can easily understand the interrelationship of addition and subtraction, and this helps him to comprehend reading problems.


Since the amount of work a class needs will vary from year to year, a boxed set of 192 blackline masters provides extra practice worksheets for the teacher to copy as needed in teaching the course. There are also 23 additional sheets that include a counting-to-1,000 book and patterns for posters and individual flash cards. The 215 sheets have holes punched in them for easy filing in a 3-ring, looseleaf binder (binder not included). Included is an answerkey booklet that shows reduced-in-size blacklines with the answers in red.

The Teacher's Manual lists the blacklines that correlate with each lesson. Most blacklines indicate which lesson(s) they are to be used for. Some are forms that will be used in many lessons. A listing of the blackline titles (other than the forms) includes: Missing Numbers, Number Facts, 2-place Computation, Skip Counting, Money, Reading Problems, Fact Hives, Missing Whole or Parts, Triplets With Facts, Number Triplets, Number Words, Mixed Computation, Equations, and Multiply and Divide. (The last one is optional, for the students will not master these facts until Grade 3.)

Blossom and Bee Poster Set

(Blossoms 11-14, Blossoms 15-18, Bees)

For your convenience, a set of three laminated, fullcolor posters is available that eliminates the need to make your own blossom charts for this course. (Patterns are included in the Teacher's Manual if you want to make your own.) The three 19" x 25" posters are not sold separately.

The blossom charts are used to drill the number combinations ofthe basic addition and subtraction facts, and for drilling the triplets. To use the posters, you cut them apart and rearrange the parts as different facts are studied.

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