Sunday, January 29, 2017

Automaticity in Math Facts

I don't know about your class each year, but I know in my class I ALWAYS find it a challenge to get everyone caught up in automaticity with their addition and subtraction facts AND their multiplication tables! I find it so important because without automaticity, the rest of the fifth grade year is so much more difficult in math than it needs to be! If they know their addition/subtraction facts and multiplication tables quickly, they are able to spend more time thinking and reasoning with the more difficult math concepts. That is the reason I created this pack - 

This pack contains two printable worksheets for each of the basic facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). There are answer keys for every page. 

These should give you a good feel for how each of your students are doing. It's always a good idea to get a feel for their levels when you first get going with this pack. This way, when you start using the practice games, you can group them the way you feel will be best for their learning. Sometimes, you may choose to have a high level math student paired with someone performing on a lower or average level, so they can help them. However, sometimes you may want students competing in the games who are all competing at the same level, this way the game is more fun for everyone and will still work on their skills. 

The 6 games, as seen above, are all printable in black and white. They are best printed on colored paper so that students cannot see through them to the math problem when the cards are upside down. 

Below, the students are playing "Addition Fast Draw". They each flip one of their cards and quickly solve the math equation. Whoever wins by saying their fact the fasted (and accurately!) gets to keep both cards. At the end of their decks, the player with the most cards wins the game. The other "Fast Draw" games have the same rules, but for different operations. This makes it easy for students to go and grab the game they need the most practice in, without having to learn so many different game rules. 

Video of the game in action:
(Sometimes it comes close and sounds almost like a tie!)

I hope you can find this useful in your class! Great for high level kids in third grade, too! I see it most useful in fourth and fifth for review :) Let me know if you have any questions. The link to the pack is HERE

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