What is a Sprint?
The Practice Book provides a list of facts labeled A and the next one labeled B. When students work on side A, set a timer so they can see how many facts they can complete within that time from. I usually say, “Circle the number of the fact you stopped on, and this is the number to beat on the next try.”
We then move onto section B. I reset the timer and students start again. They get so motivated to race the clock and beat their previous score. I love the fact that it promotes them to compete with themselves rather than other students.
To keep the students moving up in those fluency sprints, they have to keep working to master the math facts. In so many ways, students are taught strategies for quick computation. They are using tens as a benchmark, then adding or subtracting one. They could also be using a doubles strategy and adding or subtracting. We want students to build fact fluency to promote mental math computations.
Fact Fluency Fun!
Students learn best when they are also having fun. Remember to keep your activities motivating and engaging. Here are some must-have items that can help you build some fun fluency activities! Think outside the box when you are filling out your classroom supply order. Be creative and think of ways classroom items can be used in a new way to promote fact fluency.
Be sure the class is exposed to plenty of role playing of what you would like the students to be during this time. Create charts that may say, “What does it look like? What does it sound like? What do I do if…..?” Show students what your expectations are and practice them completely!
Once you feel like students are able to work independently at each activity and understand your classroom expectations, then you can begin dividing students into different groups.
Be consistent with your expectations even after you feel like the students are doing great. They will continue to need your support. Be a fan and provide a great deal of positive reinforcement to keep them motivated.
Keep students motivated about the progress they are making with learning the facts fluency. Sticker charts and rewards for new benchmarks are very motivating!
- Classroom Teacher
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