Research shows that paper and pencil work is essential to knowledge transfer and retention, that's why we made it a critical part of the Grade 1–5 Zearn Math learning experience. You can find more information on the Kindergarten Zearn Math learning experience here. Zearn Printed Materials for G1–G5 students include:
Most Independent Digital Lessons include guided Student Notes. Student Notes are printed problems that students are prompted to complete on paper during Guided Practice. There are typically 3–4 problems in a Guided Practice activity and one usually includes Student Notes. This helps students transfer their digital learning and strengthen retention.
Students receive digital support as they complete their Student Notes, providing them with learning opportunities as they check their work. Teachers should check Student Notes weekly to monitor engagement, celebrate self-checking, and note the variety of strategies being used by students. Student Notes for each Mission are included in Zearn Workbooks or can be downloaded and printed individually from teacher accounts.
Once a student correctly answers all of the questions in the Tower of Power, they move on to the paper Exit Ticket. Exit Tickets are un-scaffolded, so teachers can see how well students transferred their learning from the Digital Lesson to paper. Paper Exit Tickets are included in Zearn Workbooks or can be downloaded and printed individually from teacher accounts.
After students complete the Tower of Power and Exit Ticket, they use the Printed Goal Tracker to keep track of their progress toward their Independent Digital Lesson completion goals. Printed Lesson Trackers for each Mission are included in Zearn Workbooks or can be downloaded and printed individually from teacher accounts.
Mid-Mission and End of Mission Assessments
Mid-Mission Assessments and End of Mission Assessments help teachers assess if students have retained their understanding. Teachers should use these as a more formal way to check in on learning. For this reason, they should be completed independently and without assistance from teachers. All assessments can be downloaded and printed individually from Teacher Accounts.
Optional Problem Sets
An optional, printed problem set, aligned to each lesson, is available within Teacher Accounts. These problem sets are used to create the digital questions in the Tower of Power—the independent practice activity in Independent Digital Lessons. They can be used as additional practice for students who need a review. Problem sets can be downloaded and printed individually from Teacher Accounts.
Printable homework, aligned to each Mission, can be downloaded and printed directly from Teacher Accounts.