REACH - Reaching to educate all children for heaven

The REACH (Reaching to Educate All Children for Heaven) initiative provides teachers with resources, training, and ongoing support.

Inclusion in Elementary


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Has difficulty recognizing numbers
Struggles to solve addition problems
Struggles to solve subtraction problems
Struggles to solve multiplication problems
Struggles to solve division problems
Does not remember math facts
Has difficulty solving story problems
Works math problems from left to right
Struggles to demonstrate knowledge of place value
Struggles to change from one math operation to another
Struggles to do regrouping
Struggles to keep numbers in columns
Has difficulty with skip counting
Confuses operational signs
Has difficulty with money concepts
Has difficulty with measurements
Has number reversals/transposing
Has difficulty with telling time
Has difficulty with schedules and sequences of events
Has difficultly with a number line


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Begin with the easiest problems, and add the harder problems in a progressive order on worksheets
Fold or divide math paper into fourths, sixths, eighths, etc. Place one problem in each box.
Provide visual clues for problem-solving tasks. Use concrete manipulatives
Check to see that the meaning of key symbols is clear (+,-,x,etc.)
Show relationship of key words to their symbols—all together = +, less than =-, how many more =-
Use color code, rhythm, signs, jump-rope, etc. for drills
Turn lined paper vertically to help students organize math problems. This keeps the ones, tens, and hundreds in place
Use large graph paper. One numeral can be written in each square. Gradually make the transition to regular paper
Allow a student to use a calculator
Drill aloud to teacher or study buddy (use flashcards)
Determine if student is developmentally ready for specific concepts
Give immediate feedback (ideally, self-check and correct within class time)
Reduce quantity of material assigned (odds or evens)
Use real money in situations that the student can relate to
Check the whole problem not just the answer (s/he may know how and why but write down the wrong answer)
Let the student work on the black/white board (use large motor skills)
Provide basic math facts
Use technology, i.e., IXL, ALEKS, FASTT Math (see resources)
Teach multiplication using rhyme or other memory devices, i.e., Rhymes ‘n’ Times, Multiplication in a Flash (see resources)
Teach to skill level, not grade level
Allow use of tables or note cards for assignments and tests (may be a modification for high school)


Math Center Lesson Plans - The Four Basic Operations
Excellent, practical resource to teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using manipulatives and games.
IXL Adaptive Learning
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Khan Academy
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Education Northwest
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LDOnline - Math and Dyscalculia
Related learning disabilities are complex and require intervention by skillful teachers to help students achieve success. We’ve gathered informative resources here for both parents and educators regarding learning disabilities in the area of mathematics.

REACH (Reaching to Educate All Children for Heaven)

The REACH initiative provides teachers with resources, training, and ongoing support. Inclusive classrooms embrace students with disabilities in general education curricula and benefit students socially and academically without facing the stigma of segregation.