Sunday, July 31, 2016

Subtraction is NOT Just Take Away!

While I was updating my Subtraction Fact Mental Strategy Count Up To Free Sample, which provides practice in identifying and discriminating between basic subtraction equations, I began thinking about concrete ways to introduce this subtraction fact strategy. I also started to realize that children who view subtraction as only meaning to take away would have a difficult time conceptualizing this strategy. (Never fear, after I get off my soapbox, there will be a link to another subtraction freebie below!)

Subtraction is NOT just take away! Teaching all three forms of subtraction; taking away, comparing, and finding a missing part of the whole is critical! There are links to two subtraction fact strategy freebies in this post.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

5 Free & Nifty Ways to Improve Addition Fact Fluency

Are you looking for engaging games and activities to help your students develop fluency with adding basic facts? Do you have students who require frequent practice to learn and apply addition fact strategies? If the answer is yes to either question, the plethora of resources included in my Addition Fact Strategy Games & Activities might be the perfect solution. You can sample five of those activities for free!

This free sample, Three in a Row partner game, is perfect for applying the Count Up/ On strategy with first and second graders who are developing addition fact fluency.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Why Teaching Addition Fact Strategies Is Important

One of the things I love most about teaching is the continual learning process. I eventually became an "old teacher" but I never tired of learning "new tricks". Several years before I retired, I participated in extensive professional development about math instruction. We were told at that time, we could no longer use TouchPoints for computation, which I had used successfully with my students for many years. So, what were we to do? Why, teach fact strategies, of course! I started down that path, never believing that this approach could be effective with my students, those with mild disabilities. Taking on the challenge, I not only adapted this approach to meet the needs of my students, I became a firm believer that this is the way to go!

Learning and applying basic addition fact strategies is an important stage in developing fact fluency. Check out the fabulous freebie included in this post!