Fact fluency is a critical component of math learning. In Room 123, this work does not involve rote memorization of facts. Rather, the focus is on developing mental math strategies.
One of our favorite ways to develop these strategies is a game called Two Dice. To play, I roll two dice which include numbers through nine. Students find the sum of the two dice and signal that with a thumbs up. Students then share their addition strategies while I record them on the board.
Students use a variety of strategies to solve the problems. Early in the year, they may use counting all or counting on. As the year progresses, they begin using more efficient strategies, including doubles, doubles plus or minus one, and making a ten. Students are able learn strategies from each other and discuss how and when to use them.
Students also play lots of games to practice math facts. Many of these games focus on finding partners of numbers through 10, facts which will enable them to use more efficient mental math strategies. Take a look!


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