I am very pleased with all the literature connections. I love integrating different subjects and celebrating the love of reading with students. My top 3 would be Thunder Cake, One Tiny Turtle, and Count of Pablo.

Thunder Cake sounds like a great story and you can make a comparison to the fear of 7s with the fear of thunder….and so on.

One Tiny Turtle makes such a good connection with the imagination of children but also explores the sets of one with great visuals.

Count on Pablo, such a great way to review some previous facts, such as doubles, skip counting and transition to multiplication.

I hope to introduce the books when presenting the fact in the lessons. These books will also be useful during blended learning or when reviewing for a quiz or test. ]]>

Our team as implemented fact fluency into our daily plans and we hope this will benefit the students. Family math nights would be something to add to my program. I will be leaning on my team for some support in terms of using technology with math facts. I’ve taught 4th grade math but without some of the new programs. ]]>

Yes, understanding Math is so much more that memorizing facts and so important to their mathematical “journey” as you stated. This book provides such a wealth of activities for students to develop number sense which is so important when solving problems in multiplication & division ]]>

I continue to love the idea of Family Math night….such a great idea to assist parents in helping their children with Math facts and to develop automaticity and confidence. I also liked the idea of Spinning Facts (page 156) which brings some fun into student learning. ]]>

I enjoy reading many of your suggestions, such as decomposing numbers for struggling students and having them use familiar facts. Confidence has such an impact on students’ learning. ]]>

I feel that a focus on the big ideas in this book, and the abundance of strategies presented, students will build automaticity and confidence. If a student becomes frustrated at one point, such as with their x8 facts, then a return to games and fact cards presented from previous chapters can be easily adapted to new facts. Knowing your students is extremely important. If signs of anxiety pop up then a few adaptations may be required. One suggestion from the book, is to modify the Fact Check by decreasing the number of facts. ]]>

I like to be organized as well. I hope I can be as organized as you are with your fact fluency folders! ]]>

Yes, prior knowledge of the foundation facts is always helpful in learning X6 facts. Speaking of patterns, I see so many in this book. Having the students give written, verbal, and other forms of explanations, is repeated throughout the book and obviously important to students’ learning their multiplication and division facts. ]]>

The big ideas presented are important as they will enable more understanding of multiplication….such as discovering the patterns in the X9 facts. The relationship between the X9 and X10 facts will allow students to make more predictions of their facts and enable more understanding. ]]>

There were several ideas presented in the chapter to support fluency without pressure on speed but one tip I’d like to try was on page 123 (see Tip), where the students sort the cards into 2 sets. Sorting the cards into facts they know and don’t know leads them to realize they only need to learn 4 facts. Hopefully they are excited about this…… ]]>