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 Flash Cards are good to use for practice as well.
24 Game (Mr. P's Favorite!)
See link on the left side or click here
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 multiplication tables and 5 Minute Frenzy worksheets that are great.
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
More Multiplication Sheets Focusing on ONE digit
Some need to concentrate on memorizing one digit at a time.
Note: 10, 11, and 12's are good to know but are NOT basic math facts
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
Egg Carton Facts
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
Multiplication Fact Families
These worksheets from Common Core Sheets help students learn Fact Families
Multiplication Table (Mixed Up)
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.
Multiplication Table (Old School)
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.
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.
Math Drills Flash Cards
Choose an operation and how many questions. Press Start. Type answer and hit return. Repeat.
Mad Math Minutes:
Create your own Mad Minute challenge. This site will check to see how well you performed.
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?
10 x facts in a Row:
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 "New Player" and enter name (your initials are good to use).
Choose an Operation.
Press "Start Game." It will keep track of speed and accuracy.
or use these: sf.factmonster.com/math/flashcards.html
Practice, videos, and more
Practice 4 basic operations from "easy" to "killer"
Odd One Out:
Drag the black boxes to see a visual of any basic multiplication fact (positive or negative)
Tetris-Style Rectangular Arrays:
The Multiplication Game
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.
Math Drills Lite has gotten good reviews:
If you find one that you want to share with the class, please email Mr. P.
School House Rocks (70's style!)
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.
Multiplication - choose a number and skip count by that number until you get to 11 times that number.
Example: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33
Division- same as above but backwards.
Example: 33, 30, 27, 24, 21, 18, 15, 12, 9, 6, 3, 0
To learn more about Math Facts in Room 110, click and read: Why should I memorize math facts?