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FACT PACK is a pair of programs, TABLE and FACTRACE, designed to sharpen basic arithmetic skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) for students in grades 1-8. TABLE displays a multiplication or addition table minus the answers. The computer chooses problems at random which the student then calculates. The size of the table can be expanded to larger sums and products. FACTRACE gives a timed quiz on a mix of addition, multiplication, subtraction and division problems. A report is generated of the problems answered correctly, the problems attempted, the percentage of correct answers and any errors made. Both programs run in practice and test modes. In practice mode, the student can work on a problem at a leisurely pace. In test mode, both programs provide exciting challenges for the students as they race the computer in finding the answers. FACT PACK supplies both fun and motivation for younger learners, and is an excellent tool for providing basic math skill drills.
Disk No: 1381 Program Title: FACT PACK PC-SIG version 1 FACT PACK is a pair of programs, TABLE and FACTRACE, that are designed to sharpen basic arithmetic skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) for students in grades 1 - 8. TABLE displays a multiplication or addition table minus the answers. The computer chooses a problems at random and the student must calculate the sum or product for that location. The size of the table can be expanded to larger sums and products. FACTRACE gives a timed quiz on a combination of addition, multiplication, subtraction and division problems. It then presents a report of the problems answered correctly, the ones attempted, the percent correct and any errors made. Both programs run in practice and test modes. In practice mode, the student can work on a problem at a leisurely pace. In test mode, both programs provide exciting challenges for the students as they race with the computer in finding the answers. FACT PACK supplies both fun and motivation for younger learners, and is an excellent tool for providing basic math skill drills for first through eighth graders. Synopsis: A pair of fun programs that help sharpen basic arithmetic skills for students in grades 1 - 8. Drills can be timed and reports of the results printed. Usage: Education/Math. Special Requirements: CGA card. How to Start: Type GO (press enter). Suggested Registration: $10.00 File Descriptions: SCORES FRC Contains the computed scores. TABLE COM Program for add/mult tables. READMEFP DOC Documentation for FACT PACK. FACTRACE COM Quiz program for math problems. PC-SIG 1030 E Duane Avenue Sunnyvale CA 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1989 PC-SIG, Inc.
╔═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╗ ║ <<<< Disk No 1381 FACT PACK >>>> ║ ╠═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╣ ║ To start the program, type FACTRACE (press enter) ║ ║ ║ ║ To start the program, type TABLE (press enter) ║ ║ ║ ║ To view the documentation on your screen, type VIEW (press enter) ║ ║ ║ ║ To copy the documentation to your printer, type MANUAL (press enter) ║ ╚═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╝
FACTPACK (C) 1988 D. Bodnar FACTPACK consists of 2 programs that are designed for home or school use. The programs provide drill and practice with basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts and are appropriate for use in grades 1 - 8. The programs require a 256 K IBM Compatible Computer. A printer is optional. The first program, TABLE, uses high resolution graphics to display a blank addition or multiplication table. The computer randomly chooses a location on the table. The student must compute the sum or product and enter it on the keyboard. The size of the table may be reduced from its normal 10 X 10 format for younger children who are working on simpler facts. After the drill is completed a scorecard reports the number correct, the time used and any errors that were made. TABLE also can be put into a RACE mode where it becomes very challenging because the student is in a race against the computer to see who can fill in the table first! The amount of time can be adjusted to allow for students of different ability levels. The second program is called FACTRACE. It is for children who have a good grasp of most facts and who need to increase their recall speed. The program gives a timed quiz on any combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication or division facts. At the end of the quiz a report is presented that displays the number correct, the number attempted, the percent correct, the total time used and any errors that were made. LOADING INSTRUCTIONS Boot the computer. Once the A> prompt appears remove the DOS disk and place the TABLE disk in the disk drive. Type TABLE and press enter. Using TABLE When the program begins several questions must be answered. First, choose between ADDITION and MULTIPLICATION by pressing A or M. Next decide on the maximum size of the table that the computer will generate. You can choose any number between 3 and 30. If you choose a number less than 10 only the numbers between 0 and that number will be used on the table. If you choose a number that is larger than 9 the computer will randomly choose 10 numbers between 0 and the number you entered for the table. The next question asks if you want to Practice or have a Race with the computer. Practice allows a leisurely opportunity to fill in the table. Race will challenge you to provide each fact before the timer expires. If you don't enter a response in time the computer will provide a randomly selected fact and score a point. Finally you must select the amount of time that you will have to give each fact when using the Race option. 1 second is very challenging, 9 seconds is good for beginners. Press ENTER to begin TABLE or SPACEBAR to make changes or corrections to your choices. At this point the computer will begin to randomly select squares on the table. It will put a flashing cursor on the screen where you must provide a fact. Type the answer and press ENTER. If you wish to correct an entry before pressing ENTER use the backspace key to erase the error and type the correct number. If your response is correct a box will be drawn around it. An incorrect response will be erased. The program will continue until you have filled all of the squares in the table. If you wish to stop before all squares are filled you may press ESC. This will allow you to stop at any time and go directly to the scorecard. The scorecard displays a fraction showing the number of correct answers over the number attempted, the percent correct and total time spent on the table. If errors were made they will be displayed. If you have a printer connected and wish to print the scorecard answer Y to the question "Print report on printer (Y/N)." Finally you will be asked if you wish to do the program AGAIN(Y/N). A response of Y will run the program again from the start. N will clear the screen and end the program. FACTRACE LOADING INSTRUCTIONS: Boot the computer. Once the A> prompt appears remove the DOS disk, insert the FACTRACE disk and type FACTRACE. USING FACTRACE: Like TABLE, FACTRACE also has two operating modes: Practice and Test. When you select Practice the computer allows the user to control the type and size of problems to be answered and the time allowed. In the Test mode these selections are made by the teacher and cannot be changed by the student. When Practice is selected you must decide which of the four basic operations to include in the quiz, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and/or Division. Press the first letter of an operation to add it to the list or, if it is already there, to remove it. Press ENTER when the selection process is completed. Next you will be asked for the number of seconds that the quiz will last. This can be from 5 to hundreds of seconds. It is best to choose a time, 60 seconds is appropriate, and stick to it so that you can more easily gauge progress. If you have chosen only one operation for practice you have another option that you can use when asked for the number of seconds that the quiz will last. You may respond with the word ALL. This will have the computer give you all 100, or 90 in the case of division, facts in the operation that you chose. There will be no time limit. For example, if you chose only multiplication and typed ALL for the time, the computer would give you all of the multiplication facts from 0 X 0 to 9 X 9. They would, of course, be given in a random sequence. The last two questions allow you to select the size of the first and second numbers to be used in the quiz. In addition and multiplication this refers to the addends or factors. In subtraction it is the subtrahend and answer and in division the divisor and answer. After all of the above information is given <ENTER> TO BEGIN will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. When you are ready, press ENTER and a problem will appear on the screen. The Author's Use of FACTRACE At the beginning of the year I introduced the program to my sixth grade math students and told them that they were to use the program to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts for a 60 second time period. By the end of the report period they were expected to answer at least 30 problems at 95% accuracy. I had prepared 8 disks for them so that several children could use the program in the computer lab at the same time. I found that the students enjoyed the program and competed with each other to see who could get the highest score. (To date this is a 47.) Most of them used the program 2 or 3 times each week. Each time a student gets a high score it is recorded on a sheet in my gradebook. In order to take the pressure off of the students that were having trouble meeting my expectations (30 problems done in 60 seconds at 95% accuracy) I told the class that I would consider making a 'deal' with those who felt they might not make 30. These 'deals' were based on their performance up to that point and required them to improve their best score by 2 or 3 by the end of the report period. Once a routine was established it has become very easy to manage the program and the students enjoy it very much. SHAREWARE This program is distributed as shareware. If you are using the program please send $10 to: David Bodnar 26 Ralston Place Pittsburgh, PA 15216
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