**WHY**we need to help our students become fluent in basic math facts.

“Math facts fluency leads to higher order mathematics.Through automaticity students free up their working memory and can devoted it to problems solving and learning new concepts and skills (Geary, 1994).

**WHY**– let’s talk about the

**HOW**!

**Here are 3 Tips to make math fact fluency teaching and practice more effective.**

**me**to complete the page of math facts. So I took it. I was amazed at how I was

*thinking*as I was

*answering*– I did not have many of the facts memorized, but I was using the mental math strategies to derive the answers! WOW! I was super fast, did not have them memorized, but I understood the relationships so I knew the answer almost ‘automatically’!

“To build math fact fluency, the most effective strategy is to give students 10-15 minutes per day to practice using what are called derived facts strategies (DFS). Essentially, DSF’s are using facts you know to solve facts you don’t know.”Sam Strother, Associate Director Developing Mathematical Thinking Institute.

**Derived Facts Strategies**because it describes the process – we derive from what we know to a new fact. We, as teachers MUST make time in our already packed day to provide this 10-15 minutes practice per day. Gone are the days when we can tell the parents to teach it at home. Most parents don’t have the time, or the mathematical understanding to teach using Mental Math Strategies – or DSF.

I have developed activities that are:

1) based on the Mental Math Strategies

2) can be done in 10-15 minutes per day

3) are super engaging!

**And……. NO PAPERS TO GRADE ….. ANY DAY!**

**Can I hear a ‘Hip, Hip, Hooray!’ ?**

- Teach the Mental Math Strategies
- Practice 10-15 15 minutes each day
- Use Engaging Activities

## 10 Comments

This was an amazing post! Thank you so much for sharing!!

Laura

Thank you, Laura, that is very encouraging!

Hello, I am trying to access the 11 games you listed to help develop math fact fluency, but when I click on the picture it takes me to writing tips instead. Can you ehlp me find the math games please? Thank you for sharing.

Hi, Jill, I am so sorry the link is not taking you directly to the games!

Here is the link: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Fact-Fluency-Addition-Games-1446333

I now have subtraction games, posters, and partner activities available.

Great post. Worthy information for sure and a good beneficial one for readers.

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Thank you, Aditya! I am delighted to hear that this was helpful!

Any chance you will make a multiplication/division one?

Hi JB, Thank you for asking – I worked an multiplication/division over the summer! I think you will like them!

Multiplication/Division ResourcesHappy Teaching!

What a great post! And your activities are amazing. Just what my first graders need.

Alyce

I am so delighted to hear that these activities are helpful to your firsties!

Keep Flourishing!