How To Use Partner Quiz To Build Math Fact Fluency

Need a quick, easy, effective practice activity to promote math fact fluency with your students? Partner Quiz is your answer!
 
Here are just a few reasons why you will love adding Partners Quiz (PQ) to your day!
 
  1. It is fun!  The kids cheer when they hear we are going to do Partners Quiz!
  2. Engaging!  Every student is up and interacting with the content!
  3. Brain Break!  The kiddos are up and moving as they are learning!
  4. Flexible!  You can use this activity with almost any academic content!
  5. Quick!  It does not take a lot of time – can easily be used as independent practice in almost any lesson!
  6. No Papers Grade!  Woot! Woot!

5 Steps to Partner Quiz

Pass out the flashcards, one to each student.

Step 1

Students stand (holding their flashcards).  Students put one hand up to find a partner (the closest student with a hand up.)

It's good to emphasize this because some will only want to play with their buddies.

Step 2

  • Students stand (holding their Partner Quiz card).
  • Students put one hand up to find a partner – closest student with hand up.  It's good to emphasize this because some will only want to play with their buddies.

Step 3

  • Partners greet.
  • Partner A quizzes/coaches partner B.
  • Partner B Answers
 
If B does not know the answer, Partner A quickly shows the correct answer (coaches), and then quizzes again.
 
Partner A praises B with a high 5 or compliment.

Step 4

This is the same as Step 3 with roles reversed.

  • Partner B quizzes/coaches partner A.
  • Partner A Answers
 
If A does not know the answer, Partner B quickly shows the correct answer (coaches), and then quizzes again.
 
Partner B praises A with a high 5 or compliment.

Step 5

  • Partners thank each other, say goodbye.
  • They put their hands up to find a new partner and repeat steps 1-4.
I suggest that you set the timer for 5-10 minutes for the students to do this engaging activity. I challenge the students to Partner Quiz with as many different partners as possible.
 
There are many benefits if you, as the teacher, carry a Partner quiz card and participate in the activity with your students.
 
  • Kids love to quiz the teacher.
  • You can discreetly help struggling students.
  • You will know immediately if the class needs a “refresher” on Partner Quiz procedures.

 

Partner Quiz is the perfect activity to bring out when you notice that your students need to get up and move. Or when you have five to ten minutes free in your schedule.

Math flashcards make an easy resource to grab for Partner Quiz in those moments.

You and your students will love these multiplication triangle flashcards! Multiplication and Division facts mastery is accelerated through the use of these triangle flashcards because they reinforce the commutative property.

These addition and subtraction flashcards are designed using the Part/Part/Whole model, so students are increasing their number sense as they go through them.

So grab some flashcards and enjoy this Partner Quiz activity with the joy and satisfaction that you are providing that essential practice that students need!

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My name is Peggy Means. I am a child of God and a retired elementary teacher. I loved teaching and creating engaging resources for my students. Now, I love sharing my resources and ideas with busy teachers around the world.

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