Math Fluency

What is Math Fact Fluency?

Math fact fluency refers to the ability to recall the basic facts in all four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) accurately, quickly and effortlessly. Research shows that the more fluent a child is with their basic facts, the better their problem solving skills become. When a child doesn't have to "think" about the answer to a problem, they are more likely to explore various problem solving skills which in turn allows them to be more successful when working with multi-step problems.

Students at Pleasant Valley are doing an excellent job practicing their facts throughout the school day. To ensure every student is successful learning their basic facts, I would like to encourage students and parents to continue fun ways to practice at home. Here are a few suggestions to help make practicing basic facts enjoyable:

1. Flash Cards - Have fun creating your own flash cards. Get some index cards and cut them into triangles for addition and subtraction fact families. Place one fact family on each triangle. For example, one triangle would have a 3, 5, and 8 in each corner. That is because 3+5=8, 5+3=8, 8-3=5, and 8-5=3. For multiplication and division, place the problem on the front of your index card and the answer on the back. For example, “3x5=” on the front and the back would say “15”.

2. Online Games - is a free online math program that provides fact fluency practice at home.

3. Multicolored Treats - Use colorful treats such as M&M”s or Skittles to visually demonstrate fact families, multiplication, and division problems. For example, place nine M&M”s on your table. Have your child take away five, and ask how many are left? Now put all nine M&M”s back together and take away four. Next, have your child put the four M&M”s and the five M&Ms together to see how many are there all together. For multiplication ask your child, "If four children each have three green Skittles, how many do they have all together?” Place three Skittles each in four circles (representing the four children). For division, have your child hold 12 green Skittles and instruct to equally give four students an equal amount of Skittles. The equation would be 12 divided by the four students equals three.

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