I here to share with you a freebie that I posted in my store HERE.
It’s called Building Number Sense in the Classroom. Number sense is always something my kids come to me knowing little about. They can do the algorithms, but when it comes to reading long numbers, solving world problems, or applying what they learned in a different context, I find some gaps. Number sense and fact recall are so important. I spend a lot of time teaching my kids that these two things (among many things) are the foundation of math. Without them, it will be an uphill battle.
In addition to building number sense, it is important that my students are fluent in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It is a requirement by our grade level. For students who are not proficient, it is a requirement that they practice at home. To help parents better understand fact fluency, I provide them with a letter full of ideas on how to practice.
In addition to including ideas on how to practice, I also include some fun and easy games that families can play at home to help reinforce math skills and number sense. You can grab a copy of this letter for free by clicking HERE.
In this free resource, I have included a number of different pages. First, is the math fact log. The math fact log isn’t given to all of my students. It’s only for my students who really need the extra practice at home. For students to use the math fact log, I usually go to the dollar store and pick up a few packs of flash cards, or I send them home with a list of games and websites to play, or I may even give them a packet of practice problems. Then, I use a spreadsheet to keep track of who has a log and who is responsible for practicing their math facts at home. Students are responsible for practicing their facts for a certain amount of time at home and tracking how they practice. Then, they bring it back in to school to show me. I don’t take a grade for this, it’s just to hold them accountable for practicing. Since I know who has a math fact log, I can track their monthly math fact tests to make sure there is growth. I found that in the past, if I just said, “Study for 10 minutes tonight!”, they didn’t really know HOW to study.