Today’s post is all about Fact Fluency. It is so important for 2nd graders to really know their math facts without using their fingers or number lines. They just need to know them.
My grade level team has really made math facts an important part of our classrooms for the past 2 years. Since the Common Core has 2nd graders adding and subtracting up to 20, this can be really hard for some kids, especially when they get to those numbers above 10.
Two years ago, I had more time to practice math facts. This year, I just didn’t have as much time because my group was so much lower in math. I had to reteach a bunch of skills and that took away from our math facts time.
One thing that my team did do was give the students a timed test every week.
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They got 90 seconds to answer 25 addition and subtraction problems. Students who passed (got 20 or more correct) earned 10 minutes of extra playtime. This was so motivational for them and it didn’t cost me anything!
One thing that I have found that really gets students interested in doing better on their timed tests (besides a reward) is having them graph their results. They love seeing their bars go up on the graph.
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I’ve pinned some great games for practicing those math facts. Check out my fact fluency board below. If you have anything great pinned for math facts, send it to me on Pinterest and I’ll add it to the board.