You do NOT have to be good at basic facts to be good at mathematics... ...BUT if you want to be more accurate, find patterns quickly, have higher test scores from fewer silly mistakes, build a strong math sense, gain confidence, and finish homework faster, some of the activities below might help. Your parents might have learned facts with this classic tune: Triangle Flash Cards Look at the picture below. The goal is to memorize the fact family of 7, 9, and 63 instead of 7x9=63, 9x7=63, 63/7=9, and 63/9=7. At the bottom of this page you can find a copy of triangle math cards to print and cut out. There is a blank one as well so anyone can make their own personalized cards. If students focus on fact families, there is a lot less to memorize. Further down on this page is a picture of an electronic version. Here is sample of cards you can buy: www.officedepot.com/a/products/476568/Trend-Three-Corner-Flash-Cards-Multiplication/
Students can cover one number with their thumb and try to guess the hidden number OR another person can test someone by only revealing two of the numbers.
Traditional
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You can find tons of links where you can print out math fact sheets. Many book stores sell practice workbooks. www.math-drills.com includes Click on a topic at the top of the page.
Subtraction (-): www.math-drills.com/subtraction/sub01to18_all.pdf Multiplication (X): www.math-drills.com/multiplication/multiplication_facts_to_81_zeros_all.pdf
Some need to concentrate on memorizing one digit at a time.
Similar to the traditional game of War played with standard playing cards. Each player has 1/2 deck of cards. Choose operation: addition, subtraction, or multiplication Count "1,2,3" out loud and each player flips top card over. First player to give correct answer keeps both cards. Jacks, Kings, and Queens can be 10, Aces 11, and Jokers 12
Advanced level: red cards are negative, black are positive.
Role two or more dice and add, subtract, or multiply. Roll one die and multiply by itself. Here is a virtual example: www.mathsisfun.com/games/speed-math.html
Write numbers in the bottom of an empty egg cartons. (0-11 or 1-12) Put two manipulatives in the egg carton. Close the lid and have the student shake the carton and multiply the two number together. They can play as teams and keep score. Variation: use three objects
These worksheets from Common Core Sheets help students learn Fact Families
These Five Minute Frenzy tables from www.math-drils.com are like the traditional tables but the numbers along the top and side are not in order. Try to get one done in less than 5 minutes.
This is great for finding patterns, but this might give the incorrect impression to some students that there are 169 multiplication facts. By eliminating the 0's, 1's, fact families (5x3 is the same as 3x5), easy ones, and other problems that follow a pattern (like the 10's) there are only a handful of difficult facts. These facts are the ones on the triangle math fact cards we make in September. Technically, the 10's, 11's, and 12's are not math facts. www.math-drills.com/numbersense/blmtimestablesblank.pdf Common Core Sheets: Math Drills Easy to complete worksheets for Common Core Standards
Practice your math facts and earn free rice for those that need it. Click on SUBJECT. Choose Math.
Choose an operation and how many questions. Press Start. Type answer and hit return. Repeat. www.math-drills.com/flashcards.shtml
Create your own Mad Minute challenge. This site will check to see how well you performed. Addition: Subtraction:
Multiplication:
Shoot marbles to match factors
Shoot marbles to match factors
You are a ghost with a basket (Not sure how a ghost can hold a basket). Catch the pumpkins. Divisibility rules help here. Math Trainer by Mathopolis Choose the operation (tabs at the top), activity and how long you want to work for (2, 5, or 10 minutes).
How many facts can you do in 60 seconds? www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/mathmagician/cathymath.html
How long does it take you to get 10 facts correct in a row? Click on box then type as timer runs...
Check out the flashcards on www.math-drills.com/flashcards/flashcards19.htm
Click on " " and enter name (your initials are good to use). New Player Choose an
Operation. Press "
" It will keep track of speed and accuracy.Start Game. or use these: sf.factmonster.com/math/flashcards.html
Practice, videos, and more www.multiplication.com/learnfacts.htm
Practice 4 basic operations from "easy" to "killer" www.coolmath-games.com/numbermonster/index.html
www.interactivestuff.org/sums4fun/odd1out.html
Drag the black boxes to see a nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/frames_asid_322_g_2_t_1.html?from=topic_t_1.html
hotmath.com/hotmath_help/games/factortris/factortris_hotmath_sound.swf
www.mrnussbaum.com/draggable.htm
www.nationalmathbee.org/batterup/tryouts.aspx The Multiplication Game
www.mathsisfun.com/games/multiplication-game.html Which side of the brain? Colors VS Math Factsdawnofplay.com/twinoo/play
Takes some logic to figure these target puzzles out.
With help from a parent, you can find great basic math fact apps for cell phones. has gotten good reviews:Math Drills Lite If you find one that you want to share with the class, please email Mr. P.
There are many videos posted here that your parents might remember ("
I'm Just a Bill" is my favorite).Find the links under "MULTIPLICATION ROCK"
I ate and ate until I got sick on the floor is one way a former student remembered 8 x 8 =64. The nines pattern where the sum of the answer to a nines multiplication problem is always 9. 5 x 9 = 45 and 4+5=9 Finger trick for nines.
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