Summer has started and I am thrilled that my alarm clock is turned off! Mommy Camp has started, but I am also working on updating some products and creating new ones. I am happy to say, my first two updates are complete! Presenting the new and improved Math Facts Fluency Units:
I have noticed that if my students have mastered their addition and subtraction facts, they are able to understand more complex math concepts I present during the school year. It eliminates the constant counting on fingers that consumes too much of a math lesson.
My students start their math facts test at the very beginning of the school year. Each student is given their plus 2 and plus 3 flash cards to study. I have them cut them out and place them on a metal ring. These are kept at their desk so they can review whenever they finish their class work. We add more flash cards to it throughout the year.
Twice a week, as part of their homework, I send home practice math facts pages. I use the 25 problem tests (included in each packet) to make sure they are reviewing their skills. Their parents time them and write down how long it took to finish the set of 25 problems. The goal is for them to finish it between 1 minute and 30 seconds and 2 minutes.
Each Thursday, we take our timed tests. Everyone starts with the plus 2 test. They must complete 50 problems in 3 minutes. For the first month, I give them 4 minutes to complete the test so they get used to the process. In my class, in order to pass to the next level, each student must get 100% on their test. You might want your students to miss only 1 or 2 problems and they can advance. Do what works best for you and your class. But make sure to set the rules up from the very beginning. Everyone moves at their own pace. After the first week, students will be at different levels.
After I grade the tests, I send home a note letting the parents and students know if their child passed their test. This lets them know what they need to study and practice for the coming week. Weekly and end of unit awards are included in the packet, as well.
I also like to hold my students accountable for their progress. I keep a binder with student data graphs, so they can track their progress. After the tests are graded, I pass out the graphs to each student to fill out. Here is a sample:
This also helps my students to visually see where they are struggling or succeeding! It is also a great motivator to get them to study during the week, so they can pass to the next level.
Now, for the best part...if you would love to try using one of these units in your classroom, I am giving away a copy to a lucky follower!!! Just enter the rafflecopter below. If you win, you can choose which unit you would like!!!