Well…play some games! Yes, games! Fact fluency is the foundation of Eureka Math. This is the main focus in the primary grades, and it is one of the most important.
Game playing will give students motivation to memorize facts. They will create quick calculations mentally while either laughing and socializing or motivating themselves to beat their high score.
Test students individually on facts they know regularly, so you can organize games for them at their individual level. Create flash cards (or digital slide show) and provide students one-on-one time to test their fluency. This time does not have to be extra, but while other students are playing games either in the classroom or virtually. Start with addition facts to 10 then subtraction facts to 10. Then move to addition facts to 20 then subtraction facts to 20. Keep students motivated by creating a star wall to be placed on when a set of facts is mastered. This can also be individualized by student and shared in one-on-one settings. Virtually, you can share student data progress in a document only they can see. Cheer them on! The small improvements deserve praise. The urge to win will keep them driven to meet new goals. Keeping facts fun and light through games will foster student engagement as well as build class morale around the love of math!
Great Math Fluency Games in the Classroom or Virtually:
Dice Roll: This can be played as a class by clicking a virtual dice and students add the numbers given. They write the answers on white boards and hold them up. Teacher can use a timer to motivate them to beat their time. In the classroom, students can work in partners or alone rolling a dice for two numbers to add or subtract.
Digital Flash Cards: Create a slide show of facts you want students to practice. They can flip the cards on their own or share their screen and ask a friend!
Deck of Playing Cards: A deck of playing cards can provide many fluency games- remove the suit cards. Divide the deck in half and students place the top card down at the same time. They say the sum as quickly as they can. The student that says it first keeps the cards. Player with most cards wins. This can also be used for multiplication or subtraction.
Math Fluency Sites:
- Classroom Teacher
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