Monday, September 26, 2011

Math Fact Fluency & A Giveaway You Don't Want to Miss

I don't know about you all, but fluent and quick recall of basic math facts is a bit of a problem with my kiddos!  They're always counting on their fingers!  Neighbors (doubles + 1) and even doubles and sums of 10 bring out their little hands...So how can I get them to memorize the facts and know them fluently?  I've told them how important it is.  I've told them they should be able to tell me those answers as quick as they can snap their fingers.  So far, telling them just isn't working.  Last year we did timed multiplication tests, and I was really impressed with how hard the kids tried to pass each level.  So this year, I'm thinking we'll start now with timed addition tests.  Not only with their fluency hopefully improve, but they'll hopefully become more comfortable with timed situations and working under (a little) pressure.

To get us started I've been working on some timed tests.  I've made three versions of each to avoid those crafty ones just memorizing the answers.  I haven't printed them out to check the size of the text and writing spaces yet, that's the plan for tomorrow - - Okay, I printed these out today and the text and spacing look fine for my third graders!  Hopefully they'll work for you, so here are my timed tests for adding zero (easy-peasy, right? you'd be surprised how long they still have to think about it), adding one, and adding doubles.  Each test has 75 problems.  Right now, I'm thinking that the kids will have to get 70 (93%) or at least 68 (91%) to pass, and I'm undecided on the amount of time I'll give them (maybe 1 min. to 1.5 min.).  I'd love to hear your comments, ideas, and suggestions!  Please tell me your thoughts!

Timed Addition Tests

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1 comment:

  1. I totally agree they don't know basic facts.
    I taught them adding top-it. Each player draws 2 cards from the deck adds them and then the larger sum wins. You can do it with subtraction and multiplication too! It's fun...