We are focusing intently on math fluency this year. By the end of 3rd grade, students are expected to master addition and subtraction facts 0-20, as well as make considerable progress in multiplication. The facts have been divided into smaller sets. Every week, students will be tested on a set of facts. This is individualized, so your child may be on a different set of facts than his/her classmates. The goal is self improvement. To see what set of facts your child is currently working on, please see your child’s green folder; in the front pocket there will be a chart that lists the different sets of facts. If your child has a sticker by a level, he/she has passed that particular set of facts.
As a class, we will study strategies and practice fluency in class. However, it is equally important that students practice at home with a responsible adult. Please set aside at least ten minutes five days a week to practice with your student.
What does it mean to be fluent?
To be fluent in math means when your child is given a problem (i.e. 7+8 or 19-7), they say the correct answer in three seconds or less. If you observe that your child is pausing to count in his/her head or count on fingers, he/she is not yet fluent with that particular fact.
How will my child be tested on his/her math fluency?
Every week, your child will take either a paper test or use an online program called Math Facts in a Flash to take a test. The test consists of 40 problems. Students have 2 minutes to answer all the questions. Their score will count towards their quarterly math grade. If your child does not pass, that grade will still be recorded in PowerSchool. In addition, your child will be assigned that same set of math facts for the next test.
Per district expectations, students can only move on to the next set of math facts if they answer all problems on the test correctly and within the 2 minute time frame.
What are some activities I can do with my child to practice fluency?
1) Your child can make a set of flashcards on their CURRENT SET OF FACTS. You or they can write the answer lightly on the back with pencil. I strongly advise that you do not purchase addition, subtraction, or multiplication flashcards; it is more beneficial to have your child create his/her own flashcards.
2) Have your child login to Math Facts in a Flash at home and practice.
- Go to https://hosted514.renlearn.com/176177/HomeConnect/
- Have student login. Username is your child’s school ID number. The password is abc
3) While in the car, shout out some math facts to give your child extra practice.
Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you for your continued support.
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has a great online activity to help students with number sense using ten frames. Have your child give it a try! No login neeeded. It can be played on a tablet or desktop. Click here.