“Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Addition and Subtraction: Strategies, Activities, and Interventions to Move Students Beyond Memorization” by Susan O’Connell and John SanGiovanni
K2 Math Fact Fluency Online Summer Book Study 2013
*Goal: To master basic math facts (facts with addends of 0-10) to build a strong foundation for more complex math skills and procedures. (pg.1)
Master = by exploring numerous strategies and activities to develop an
UNDERSTANDING and AUTOMATICITY.
Students must UNDERSTAND the concept BEFORE they can commit to memory.
Since it looks like we’re moving into CRA Math Tasks for the younger grades this year, I think it’s VERY important that we work to help our students UNDERSTAND the math so that they can focus on the tasks and not just regurgitate a formula.
*How can we help students master basic math facts? ONGOING practice and ENGAGEMENT with math facts tasks….NOT traditional drill and practice…
*~although I think there is a place for written fluency checks in this idea of ongoing practice…not that they’re necessarily every day…but that once in awhile …I’m going to check to see if you really are developing a fluency with these facts.
Scattered practice- 5-10 minutes a day, spread throughout the year. Brief, FREQUENT, interactive activities that provide repeated exposure to math facts!
Pg.9 starts discussing … Suggested Teaching Sequence of Math Facts
good chart on pg. 12
BUILDING on the FOUNDATION:
Build understanding of the addition and subtraction concepts
BEFORE beginning on memorization.
“Without the “BIG IDEAS” to hold them together, math facts are just isolated bits of knowledge.” pg16
Build MEANING before focusing on Fluency…
EXPLORE symbolic Representations
Write equations helps solidify symbolic representation! pg18
As we practice our math fact games, kids need to write down equations and symbols to help instill the facts in their memory. Kids need to engage in meaningful talk…we need to do more “Number Talks” to give kids a way to discuss their thinking about math concepts.
Download some Math Talk Cards
More thoughts to come :)