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Exploring Countries and Cultures

Exploring Countries and Cultures

For 3rd–8th Graders
(and 2nd graders with older siblings in the program)
Homeschool Curriculum Package for ECC
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Deluxe Package

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD--Small parts.
Not for children under 3 years.

Package Contents

Basic Package Includes:
  • Teacher's Manual
  • Parent/Teacher Supplement (required)
  • Student Sheets (purchase one per additional student)
  • Fast Facts
  • Flags of the World Ultimate Sticker Book (purchase one per additional student)
  • Passport (purchase one per additional student)
  • Exploring World Geography (purchase one per 3rd-8th grader or photocopy)
  • Hero Tales
  • Window on the World
  • God Speaks Numanggang
  • Children's Atlas of God's World
  • Classroom Atlas
  • Wall Map of the World
  • Maps and Globes
  • Geography from A to Z
  • A Trip Around the World
  • Another Trip Around the World
  • Properties of Ecosystems
  • Living World Encyclopedia
  • Global Art
  • Wee Sing Around the World (CD)
Deluxe Package Includes the Basic Package Plus:
  • Currency Kit
  • Kingdom Tales
  • Christian Heroes: Then and Now — six-book set
    • Includes:
    • Cameron Townsend
    • Amy Carmichael
    • Nate Saint
    • David Livingstone
    • George Muller
    • Gladys Aylward
  • Inflatable Globe
  • The Great Animal Search
  • Fun with Easy Origami

Overview

Focus: Sharing God's Love with the World
  • Diverse Cultures
  • Study of Matthew
  • Memory Verses
  • Map Work
  • Vocabulary
  • Geography Game and Flags
  • Habitats and Ecosystems
  • Art and Music Around the World
Exploring Countries and Cultures Curriculum Guide

Take a trip around the world and explore diverse countries and cultures while learning geography and being challenged by true stories of missionaries. Experience different cultures by preparing traditional food, making native crafts, and listening to ethnic music.

Our easy-to-teach unit study includes a teacher's manual with daily lesson plans and all required books for Bible, geography, science, art, and music.

Supplement these with optional picture books and information books from the library for the countries you study. Library books are general resources and you will not need to find specific titles, although we list resources we have found helpful. (For classroom use, please contact us for special ordering information.)

Exploring Countries and Cultures is designed for use with 3rd-8th graders and 2nd graders with older siblings in the program.

If you own the first edition of ECC, there is an upgrade option available.

Teacher's Manual:

  • Daily lesson plans are in an easy-to-use weekly chart format.
  • Charts list each subject with page numbers of books to read and instructions for using Student Sheets. Many activities will be suitable for all ages; additional activities are suggested for older students. Many simple hands-on activities are included in the Teacher's Manual to reinforce the study of geography. We do the lesson planning for you so you have more time to enjoy teaching!

Bible

  • True stories from Hero Tales of godly men and women and the character traits they portrayed as they served as missionaries.
  • Weekly information about different ethnic groups around the world and their specific prayer needs, using Window on the World.
  • Weekly memory verses and daily readings from Matthew.

Reading

  • Develop a love for reading using "living" books from our excellent library list of picture books, fiction, and non-fiction for each country you study. We list the very best books we have read, but none are required.

Geography

  • Maps and globes are explored with Illustrated World Atlas, Classroom Atlas, Maps and Globes, and a world wall map, as well as additional hands-on activities.
  • Easy-to-use full-color Geography Game teaches country names and locations.
  • Vocabulary focuses on geographic terms as students make illustrated vocabulary cards using Geography From A to Z.
  • Research skills are developed through the study of continents in Exploring World Geography.
  • Hands-on activities (cooking, flag making, passport, etc.) to explore 15 countries using A Trip Around the World and our Teacher's Manual. Library books provide enrichment for country topics that you study.

Science

  • A focus on different habitats (desert, rain forest, grassland, forest, polar region, etc.) using Properties of Ecosystems and Living World Encyclopedia, as well as optional library books. Correlates to the country being studied (e.g., rain forest when studying Brazil.) Includes a weekly nature walk and nature journal.
  • For 7th and 8th graders, add Apologia science (purchase separately).

Art and Music

  • Enjoy art projects and music from countries you "visit" this year using Global Art and Wee Sing Around the World. You may supplement with ethnic music from the library.

Math, Language Arts, and Foreign Language

Samples

FAQs

Synergy Groups

A Synergy Group™ is two or more families who meet weekly to participate in science, history/geography, art, and music activities from your MFW Teacher's Manual. The group leader uses a Synergy Guide which schedules easy-to-teach group activities with minimal preparation.

Learn More about MFW Synergy Groups™

To Complete Your Curriculum

noticeFirst, select either a Basic or Deluxe package (above) and add it to your cart. Next, select below which additional items you need.
Additional Students
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All Students
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7th-8th Graders
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If you'd like help with your order, call our office at 573-202-2000.

Upgrade

My Father's World released a new edition of Exploring Countries and Cultures in 2009. Significant revisions and upgrades include:

  • Much less photocopying required than before.
  • Parent/Teacher Supplement with map masters and games, including a parent copy of the Geography Game.
  • Student Sheets with full-color, ready-made Geography Game and new Geography Notebook pages (replacing the Appendix pages which previously had to be photocopied). Purchase one ready-to-use set for each student.
  • Pre-printed passport and new book on Bible translation: God Speaks Numanggang.
  • For science, Wild Places has been replaced by Properties of Ecosystems, which has a Biblical perspective.
  • Kingdom Tales, a classic collection of 36 beloved tales by David and Karen Mains that use allegory to reveal truths about the Kingdom of God. Updated by My Father's World to include discussion questions.
  • Expanded 7th & 8th Grade Supplement Package.
  • 7th & 8th grade lesson plans included each week in the Teacher's Manual.

If you own the first edition of Exploring Countries and Cultures, you can use it again and again as long as you keep all of the original books that match the Teacher's Manual. However, an upgrade is available:

You may exchange your first edition ECC Teacher's Manual (TM) for a new Teacher's Manual for $45. Call our office to request an upgrade (573-202-2000). You will be given information about how to return your TM to our office. Once we receive your TM, a new manual will be sent to you.

In addition, the following items may be needed to complete your Exploring Countries and Cultures curriculum:

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Using ECC First Edition with 7th or 8th grade students:

The first edition Teacher's Manual did not include lesson plans for 7th-8th grade. If you wish to adapt your first edition Teacher's Manual for those grades, we can make some recommendations.

Testimonials

Let me start by saying that this is no ordinary curriculum...I couldn't wait to see what they would come up with in terms of a geography curriculum, and I was totally blown away. Following the teachings of Charlotte Mason, with their own uniquely developed ideas for unit studies, Marie and David have produced a geography unit study package that is one of the best I have seen in every way...(read more)

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

Exploring Countries and Cultures does a terrific job teaching world geography and is helping us to become sensitive to the need of Jesus in our world.

L. J.

I just wanted to let you know what a great first year we're having with MFW! Our children (12 & 9) were in public school until this year, so I was really nervous. The Teacher's Manual is so organized, and we love how every day begins with Bible reading.

Annette, Arkansas


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Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Basic and Deluxe Package.
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11501
Manufacturer Item:
9780794527846
14.9900
11.25
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This brain-teasing picture puzzle has over 100 animals to spot on every double page of this book. Each beautifully illustrated scene shows the wildlife in a different part of the world and includes fascinating animal facts.

Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Deluxe Package.
Item#:
11502
Manufacturer Item:
510282
9.95
Each
Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Basic and Deluxe Packages.
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11503
Manufacturer Item:
9781600922138
24.9900
19.95
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Students study science while practicing reading skills with this high-interest, easy-to-read book. Includes 12 mini-books and fascinating information about 100+ animals. Use with Exploring Countries and Cultures (when studying animals on each continent) or Exploration to 1850 (when studying the animal kingdom).

Scheduled in the Teacher's Manual for Exploring Countries and Cultures but not included in the Basic or Deluxe Packages; optional but highly recommended.

Included with the 2nd - 3rd Grade Supplement for Exploration to 1850.
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11504
14.9500
10.95
Each
Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Basic and Deluxe Packages.
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11600
Manufacturer Item:
0843149523
10.9900
8.95
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Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Basic and Deluxe Packages.
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11650
Manufacturer Item:
087659190X
16.9500
13.95
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Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Basic and Deluxe Packages.
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11748
18.9900
14.95
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Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Basic and Deluxe Packages.
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11749
Manufacturer Item:
052800459X
10.95
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Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Basic and Deluxe Packages.
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11752
Manufacturer Item:
0528959921
5.95
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Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Basic and Deluxe Packages.
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11753
6.9900
4.75
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Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Basic and Deluxe Packages.
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11754
7.9900
5.95
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Welcome to the World! A Trip Around the World gives you the opportunity to explore life in Mexico, Brazil, Egypt, Kenya, Germany, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Australia, Canada, and the United States with fun hands on activities. Sections for each country contain basic information (area, population, flag descriptions, etc.), fascinating facts (sports, education, wildlife, etc.), language activities, recipes, learning activities, flags, maps, and a resource list.

Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Basic and Deluxe Packages.
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11755
15.9900
11.95
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Take a trip around the world with this engaging, multicultural study with fun hands on activities. Learn not only basic information about the countries you are studying, but also about their language, food, history, culture, flag, geographical location, and more! You'll have a magnificent time learning facts about each country, making recipes, and singing songs in different languages. With Another Trip Around the World, you will tour India, Argentina, South Africa, Israel, Italy, Panama, Nigeria, Greece, France, Russia, Venezuela, and Antarctica.

Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Basic and Deluxe Packages.
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11756
15.9900
11.95
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Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Basic and Deluxe Packages.

Purchase one per additional 3rd-8th grader or photocopy.
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11757
Manufacturer Item:
3799
19.9900
15.95
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Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Basic and Deluxe Packages.

Purchase one per additional student.

! WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD--Small parts.

Not for children under 3 years.

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11758
Manufacturer Item:
1564584011
 
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD--Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
6.9900
5.50
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Toss this 12" globe to students and have them identify countries, capitals, and bodies of water.

Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Deluxe Package and the Kindergarten Deluxe Package.
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11759
6.5000
5.95
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Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Basic and Deluxe Packages.

Purchase one per additional student.
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11760
1.95
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Full-color play money with 12 currencies from around the world--coordinated with countries studied. Can be used with 1-4 children.

Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Deluxe Package.

! WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD--Small parts.

Not for children under 3 years.

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11762
 
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD--Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
19.95
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Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Basic and Deluxe Packages.
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11800
Manufacturer Item:
9780764200786
14.9900
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Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Basic and Deluxe Packages.
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11801
19.9900
13.95
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The Cakchiquel man became indignant when Cam offered him a tract in Spanish. "Do you have one in Cakchiquel?" he asked. "There are none, I'm sorry," replied Cam. "Well," retorted the man, "if your God is so great, why can't he speak my language?"

In one decisive moment, Cameron Townsend understood that God had called him to translate the Bible into the language of his Guatemalan friends. For Cam, the obstacles were small when compared to the growing reward of helping the diverse people of Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru read God's life-changing Word for themselves.

Quick on his feet and slow to give up, Cam started Wycliffe Bible Translators with the dream of making the Good News available in every language. Since 1942, Wycliffe has translated Scripture into hundreds of languages, spreading God's Word to people all over the world.

Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Deluxe Package in the Christian Heroes: Then and Now six-book set.
Item#:
11802
Manufacturer Item:
1576581640
9.9900
6.95
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Amy Carmichael stood on the deck of the steamer, waving good-bye once again to her old friend Robert Wilson. How could she have known she would never see him or the British Isles again? Amy was certain God had called her to India. Indeed! India would be home for the rest of her life.

Amy's life was marked by a simple, determined obedience to God, regardless of circumstances. Her story and legacy are stunning reminders of the impact of one person who will fear God and nothing else.

Driven by love and compassion, and sustained by faith and determination, Amy Carmichael defied the cruel barriers of India's caste system. The story of this young woman from Northern Ireland is a brilliant, sparkling example of God's love generously poured out to "the least of these among us."

Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Deluxe Package in the Christian Heroes: Then and Now six-book set.
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11803
Manufacturer Item:
1576580180
9.9900
6.95
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Flying soon captured Nate's heart. His air service ministry to isolated missionaries put him on a path of destiny that would ultimately end with a final airplane flight with four missionary friends to the "Palm Beach" landing strip in the jungles of Ecuador.

The men's lives given that day not only opened a door to the gospel for the unreached Acucas; it has been said that possibly no single event of the twentieth century awakened more hearts to God's call to serve in missions.

Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Deluxe Package in the Christian Heroes: Then and Now six-book set.
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11804
Manufacturer Item:
1576580172
9.9900
6.95
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George Muller stared at the beggar girl. She was no older than five and was piggybacking her little brother. Her mother had died in the cholera epidemic sweeping England. Her father had never returned from the mines. Standing in the muddy street, this little girl gave a face to Bristol's countless orphans.
With scarcely enough food or money for his own family, George Muller opened his heart and home. Sustained by God's provision, the Muller house "Breakfast Club" of thirty orphans grew to five large houses that ultimately over ten thousand children would call home.
George Muller trusted God with a depth rarely seen. His faith and generosity set a standard for Christians of all generations.

Without formal education or a missionary organization to back her, Gladys raised her own finances for the overland trip that would bring her to the country and people that God had etched so deeply on her heart...China!
What follows is an amazing adventure of faith and determination. Gladys Aylward, a housemaid from England, dared to trust God in the face of dire and seemingly hopeless circumstances. Her life is one of the truly great missionary stories of our era.

Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Deluxe Package in the Christian Heroes: Then and Now six-book set.
Item#:
11805
Manufacturer Item:
157658173X
9.9900
6.95
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The lion's jaws gripped David Livingstone's arm. Razor-sharp teeth pierced his flesh as the lion savagely shook David in the air like a rag doll. A gunshot rang out. "God help us," David moaned, as the lion dropped him and turned to charge David's friend Mebalwe.

With the heart of an explorer and the passion of an evangelist, David Livingstone mapped vast, unexplored areas of Africa, sharing the gospel with whomever he encountered. His stamina, perseverance, and dogged determination created the legacy of a trailblazing explorer with an undying hunger to make Christ known wherever his steps led him.

David Livingstone's captivating adventures and tireless zeal continue to inspire countless men and women to bring the gospel message of God's love to those souls who have never heard.

Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Deluxe Package in the Christian Heroes: Then and Now six-book set.
Item#:
11806
Manufacturer Item:
1576581535
9.9900
6.95
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What happens when a nineteen-year-old heads into a South American jungle to evangelize a murderous tribe? For Bruce Olson it meant capture, disease, terror, loneliness, and torture. But what he discovered by trial and error has revolutionized missions. Living with the Motilone Indians since 1961, Olson has won the friendship of four Colombian presidents and has appeared before the United Nations. His story will amaze you and remind you that simple faith in Christ can make anything possible.

Included with the 7th - 8th Grade Supplement for Exploring Countries and Cultures.
Item#:
11807
Manufacturer Item:
1576583481
14.9900
11.95
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Among the headhunting Sawi of Irian Jaya, treachery was an ideal that generations of their people had perfected. The heroes of Sawi legend weren't those who took the greatest number of heads in battle or ambush, but those who were the most deceitful in befriending their victims before they took their heads.

When missionaries Don and Carol Richardson searched for the key that would open the gospel to the Sawi, God moved in a stunning way. He revealed His true Peace Child--the ideal fulfillment of the Sawi's own redemptive analogy. Peace Child chronicles the agony--and the triumph--of the Richardsons' unforgettable sojourn among this people loved by God.

Included with the 7th - 8th Grade Supplement for Exploring Countries and Cultures.
Item#:
11809
Manufacturer Item:
1576582892
14.9900
11.95
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I Dared to Call Him Father is the fascinating true story of Bilquis Sheikh, a prominent Muslim woman. Her unusual journey to a personal relationship with God turned her world upside down and put her life in danger.

Originally published in 1978, the book has sold 300,000 copies and is a classic in Muslim evangelism. The 25th anniversary edition includes an afterword by a missionary friend of Bilquis who plays a prominent role in the story and an appendix on how the East enriches the West.

Included with the 7th - 8th Grade Supplement for Exploring Countries and Cultures.
Item#:
11810
13.9900
10.95
Each
Begin with the incredible autobiography of Brother Andrew, "God's Smuggler". From 1955 to the present hour, this remarkable man has risked his life smuggling Bibles into countries where Scriptures are outlawed. His report, packed with dangerous adventures and high drama, testifies to God's miraculous provision for those who follow where He leads.

Journey into places still hostile to Christians--with profiles on courageous champions of the faith. Meet teens and others across the globe who are mercilessly persecuted for their faith, yet display extraordinary joy. Their stories, along with Brother Andrew's, will forever change the way you walk the narrow road.

Included with the 7th - 8th Grade Supplement for Exploring Countries and Cultures.
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11811
14.9900
11.95
Each
Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Basic and Deluxe Packages.
Item#:
11812
5.95
Each
A classic collection of 36 beloved tales by David and Karen Mains that use allegory to reveal truths about the Kingdom of God. Updated by My Father's World® to include discussion questions.

Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Deluxe Package.
Item#:
11813
29.95
Each
Set includes Cameron Townsend, Amy Carmichael, Nate Saint, David Livingstone, George Muller and Gladys Aylward. Exciting, challenging, and deeply touching true stories of ordinary men and women whose trust in God accomplished extraordinary exploits for His kingdom. Scheduled in the Teacher's Manual as family read-alouds, and coordinated with countries studied this year.

Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Deluxe Package.
Item#:
11880
44.9500
34.75
Each
Enjoy learning the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. Includes 24 sheets of origami paper and easy-to-follow instructions for 32 simple projects.

Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Deluxe Package.
Item#:
11900
Manufacturer Item:
0486274802
9.9500
8.95
Each
How-to guide for a research paper on a country include bibliographies, footnotes, note cards, and use of libraries and reference materials.

Included with the 7th - 8th Grade Supplement for Exploring Countries and Cultures.
Item#:
11901
Manufacturer Item:
0163
8.95
Each
Learning is an adventure with this multi-media computer version of World Book. A great reference for students of all ages, as well as their parents.

Minimum System Requirements:
  • Disk Space: 1.6GB
  • Windows®: XP SP2 or later, Vista®, 7
  • Mac: OS X 10.5 or later, including 10.7 "Lion"

Included with the 7th - 8th Grade Supplement for Exploring Countries and Cultures.
Item#:
11903
39.95
Each
My Father's World developed Fast Facts to provide written practice of math facts consistent with Singapore Math®. This packet contains cards for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Simply fill in the answers and flip the card over to check.

Included with the Exploring Countries and Cultures Basic and Deluxe Packages and subsequent years of the Investigate curricula.
Item#:
20982
9.95
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