Thursday, October 23, 2014

May the Force Be With You: Math Facts Fluency

Math facts fluency is one of the most dreaded things to teach for many teachers. I, however, love it in my classroom! But most importantly, my kids LOVE it! They look forward to their math facts test each week. They "remind" me every Thursday that it is math fact test time! If we run out of time on Thursday, there is a TON of moaning and groaning. I make it a point to not skip math facts tests!

The class goal is for each student to pass their leveled math test each week. They need to complete 50 problems in 3 minutes. This is a suggested time, but works best for most of my students. There are also 15 and 25 question pages to use as practice or as an assessment.

We keep a class chart to show progress towards mastery. Each time a student passes a test, they get a sticker next to their name. 
I also use individual student charts and keep them in a binder to track student progress. These are great for student conferences. It is a clear visual to show how many weeks a student is on each level or how quickly they are moving through the levels.

 To help with organization of the leveled tests, I pre-copy a class set of each level of the 50 question math tests so they are at my finger tips ready to go each week. I also have color coded sheet of flash cards for my kiddos copied. After they pass a level, I give them a new set of cards to cut out and put on a ring to keep at their desk to study throughout the week. 



After the students take their tests and they are corrected, they go home with one of these awards. If they pass their test they get a slip that congratulates them and tells them which level to study for the following week. If they don't pass, I give them the slip encouraging them to continue practicing for the same test next week. 


I have never seen students so excited to work on learning their math facts. It's a win-win for everyone! 

This packet is available for addition and subtraction AND multiplication and division.


If you would like to win a copy of one of these packets, leave a comment below with your email address and I will choose a winner before I go to bed tonight. 
Congrats Sheri Ryan! Check your inbox for an email from me! 
 May the Force Be With You...

11 comments :

  1. I'd love to win the multiplication pack!

    Brandi
    successinsecondgrade@gmail.com

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  2. I'd love the addition & subtraction pack! May the force be with you lol! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Mary Love
    mhouston@ufl.edu

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  3. My students really struggle with the basic facts still. They are slowly getting there. This would be the perfect motivation for them.
    What a great idea with the take home slips :)
    Sheri
    sheriryan8@gmail.com

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  4. I am a new teacher and struggle with motivating my students to learn their addition and subtraction facts. Would love this!

    Linnea Mason
    Lmason@putnamcityschools.org

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  5. I'd love the multiplication one!
    sherie24@bellsouth.net

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  6. This looks like a wonderful way for the students to learn their basic facts.
    Pam--justteaching2nd@gmail.com

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  7. I would love to win the addition and subtraction fact tests. They look great! cfcastonguay@yahoo.com
    -Courtney

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  8. I would love to win either of these packs to use with my third graders! {stephanie.brigolin@gmail.com}

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  9. I love this! I would love the addition and subtraction facts tests for my 2nd graders. ny9806@gmail.com

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  10. I would love the addition and subtraction! :)
    Scordell09@gmail.com

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  11. Love this! All my students, boys and girls, love anything with Star Wars! I love the weekly rewards and the note to practice more. This would've been helpful when I did multiplication fluency last year.

    I will be saving both sets for future use! :)

    Fishing for Education Blog

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