I wanted to give a little bit more information to those of you who have asked about my flashcards. I created three different formats of the flashcards I use as part of my fact fluency program, so you can pick which format works best for you. These can be used in a variety of was to meet your classroom needs. I used mine as daily practice to teach fact families. There are no operation signs (+, -, x, ÷) on purpose. The goal of these flashcards is to help your students understand how the fact families are related.
First, print off your flashcards on colored card stock. Make sure to print off the addition and subtraction cards in a different color. This will help you easily keep track of what each set of flashcards covers.
Second, cut off the corners on one side. This will help you keep all your flashcards going the same direction. It ensures that the cards are not flipped upside down or backwards.
It’s the little things. 🙂
I stand in front of the class with my set of flashcards. We then look at the first one and say a very specific set of phrases. It may sound redundant, but I promise you it’s powerful. I’ll use the fact 2×3 for my example.
When we get to the last part where we just say the three numbers, we hold up a finger for each number. This gets their bodies involved. We also switch it up by using silly voices, whispering, etc. I don’t recommend doing EVERY flashcard EVERY time. That gets very tedious and repetitive. I would do 5-10 minutes worth max. Try to keep the phrases moving fairly quickly.
I promise your students will benefit from these flashcards if they are used daily. I had kids in Special Education, ELL’s, and a wide range of learners. Every child benefited from practicing their math facts this way. This completely changed how I taught my math facts.
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