• Close Learning Gaps with Mechanics!

    For students who are 2 or more grade levels behind. Mechanics teaches foundation skills found all the way from grade 1 to grade 8. Struggling learners start low, gain confidence, and work their way up.

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Mechanics is a basic skills program for reteaching essential foundation skills in Math and Language Arts to students who are two or more grade levels behind their peers. It spans grade levels 1 through 8. Students can enter the program at any level, starting with simple concepts and working their way up to grade level.

Language Mechanics

50 lessons use grade-level vocabulary words to teach reading comprehension, writing and vocabulary concepts.
Vocabulary is aligned to the Flesch-Kincaid scale, and derived from EDL grade-level word lists.

Level 1
(Grades 1-3)
Level 2
(Grades 3-5)
Level 3
(Grades 6-8)
Reading
Main Ideas, Details, Inferences, Sequence, Word in Context
Reading
Main Ideas, Details, Inferences, Sequence, Word in Context
Reading
Main Ideas, Details, Inferences, Sequence, Word in Context
Writing
Capitalization, Punctuation, Sentence Structure, Nouns, Pronouns, Verb-Recognition Adjectives
Writing
Capitalization, Punctuation, Subject & Predicates Noun Plurals, Pronouns, Subject-Verb Agreement, Adverbs
Writing
Capitalization, Punctuation, Sentences – Clauses, Noun Forms, Pronouns, Verb Tenses & Voices
Vocabulary
Compound Words, Homonyms, Multiple Meanings, Prefixes & Suffixes, Synonyms & Antonyms
Vocabulary
Compound Words, Homonyms, Multiple Meanings, Prefixes & Suffixes, Synonyms & Antonyms
Vocabulary
Analogies, Homonyms, Multiple Meanings, Prefixes & Suffixes, Synonyms & Antonyms

Math Mechanics

60 lessons teach essential concepts that every student has to know for state standards

Level 1
(Grades 1-3)
Level 2
(Grades 3-5)
Level 3
(Grades 6-8)
Add-Subtract Whole Numbers
Add-Subtract Whole Numbers, Add to 20, Subtract under 10, Addition Fact Families, Add with Regrouping, Subtract with Regroup
Decimals
Place Value, Add-Subtract, Multiply – Divide, Compare Fractions & Decimals, Money Problems
Numbers & Operations
Integer Operations, Exponents Square Roots, Order of Operations Ratios and Proportions Percent Incrase
Multiply-Divide Whole Numbers
Basic Division, Basic Multiplication, Multiplication Fact Families, Long Division, Multiply with Regrouping
Percents
Equivalent Forms, Percent of a Number, Commissions and Interest
Data & Probability
Graphs and Charts, Central Tendency, Probability,Compound Probability
Basic Fractions
Present Fractions (models), Equivalent Fractions, Add Like Denominators, Add Unlike Denominators
Advanced Fractions
Add – Subtract Mixed Fractions, Divide Fractions, Multiply Fractions, Divide Mixed Fractions, Multiply Mixed Fractions
Algebra
Patterns and Functions, Write Expressions, One-Step Equations, Two-Step Equations, Simplify Expressions
Measurement & Geometry
2D Figures, Area with Tiles, Measure Length, Tell Time, Count Money
Measurement & Geometry
3D Figures, Area and Perimeter, Symmetry and Similarity, Lines and Angles, Coordinate Geometry, 1st Quad, Elapsed Time Transformations
Measurement & Geometry
Nets and Solids, Area and Volume Formulas, Similarity and Congruency, Transversals, Coordinate Geometry, 4 Quads, Pythagorean Theorem

“Our evidence for RTI serving Tiers 2 and 3 shows that Mechanics was a successful tool to pull us out of school improvement and keep us out of school improvement”

Dr. Randy Pettus
Dr. Randy Pettus Federal Programs Director

3 Steps Transform Learning

Brainchild’s software is a patented, research-based process of Play Lesson – Study – Test.
Struggling students build confidence. They transform from discouraged learners into excited learners.

PLAY LESSON

Demonstrate the concept.
Play Lesson plays a one-minute multimedia lesson for teaching and learning the concept.

STUDY

Teach the concept.
The Study mode offers 10 questions as guided practice with step-by-step feedback. Students learn at their own pace.

TEST

Test the concept.
A ten-question test on each lesson with a Review Mistakes feature lets students measure progress and correct their mistakes immediately at the end of test.

ELL & Migrant Program Support

Mechanics is especially effective for English Language Learners and Migrant programs as it is a bilingual, English-Spanish program. Question items and teaching animations can switch immediately from English to Spanish to provide native language support. Over time, students need the language support less and less.

Available Across Devices

Brainchild content is available on the web or on a handheld device via software cartridges.
No matter the setup of your program, Brainchild content is available to suit your needs.

Mobile Device

For 20 years schools have used Study Buddies for before and after school programs, parental involvement, ELL, migrant, and RTI programs. They last for 10 years and at $199, they are highly affordable. No Wifi. No problem!

Web-based System

The education platform integrates seamlessly with a District’s existing administrative and academic systems to enhance operational productivity and foster academic excellence. Available on desktop, iPad and mobile.

SUCCESS STORIES

Explore how districts and schools have used Brainchild’s Mechanics software to reach their goals.

   Reading is enlightening, but seeing is believing!

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