Fact Fluency

Instructional Strategies

  • Use incremental rehearsal to teach basic facts.
  • Teach students the Cover, Copy, Compare procedure.
  • Teach students using the Folding In strategy.
  • Be certain student has mastered addition and subtraction facts before tackling multiplication and subtraction.
  • Teach strategies for accessing facts, rather than pure memorization. E.g. Doubles, doubles +1, near facts, etc.
  • Focus on one grouping of facts or one strategy at a time.
  • Provide opportunities for the student to use facts in real-life situations.
  • Have the student perform timed drills to reinforce basic facts. The student can compete against his/her own best times.
  • Have the student play math fact games with another student or online.
  • Explicitly teach the student that addition and subtraction are inverses, as are multiplication and division.

Scaffolds

  • Develop a math facts reference sheet for the necessary facts for the student to use at his/her desk.
  • Have the student independently solve half his/her problems each day and allow the use of a calculator for the other half.

Additional Resources

Focus Area/Sample SMART Goal/Sample Tier 2 Intervention Plan:

Focus Area

Sample SMART Goal

Sample Tier 2 Intervention Plan

Fact fluency

Student will increase her multiplication fact fluency from 10 correct to 30 correct within 1 minutes when administered a timed multiplication fact fluency assessment by November 2019.

Teach the student strategies for associating facts with one another, such as doubles, plus one, etc. Then use the Incremental Rehearsal strategy for the student to practice the facts.

Fact Fluency Student will increase his fact fluency of all 4 operations from 55% to 80% within 3 minutes as measured by a 30 problem Mad Minute by April 2020. Teach the student strategies for associating facts with one another, such as doubles, plus one, etc. Then use the Incremental Rehearsal strategy for the student to practice the facts.

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