I know I’ve written about fluency several times, but its importance is something that we should not take lightly as math teachers. There is no question– students absolutely need to master the basic fluency standards for their grade level (and the preceding grade levels) in order to attain mastery of the other, more complex standards in mathematics. If they are too busy trying to figure out their basic facts, their brain literally cannot focus on the more complicated task at hand.
I am holding fluency meetings at one of my schools today, but didn’t want to limit the resources to those schools alone. I’ve found so many excellent sites with activities, games, and ideas that will help promote fluency in your classroom. I know this is an area where many, many students struggle so it’s extremely important for us as teachers to impress the importance of fluency, and equip our classes with the appropriate tools to become successful.
mathfactfluency: This is the PDF version of a PowerPoint used in another district, explaining the importance and value of fluency in both addition and multiplication. Includes some great visuals and ideas about derived facts.
ComputationalFluencygr3: This is an excellent resource for grade 3 teachers. There are several pages available to print with assessments, rubrics, and activities, along with explanations and guides for teachers.
FluencyActivitiesGrade4: Created by the same publisher, this activity guide is based on the 4th grade standards.
fluency mult division: Another file that contains several strategies to help students derive their facts on the road to attaining automaticity.
My Fluency Strategies: Blank sheet- you can use this to evaluate students to see if they are using strategies for fluency, they can fill this out for one operation/fact and share with peers, or your students could fill it in as you teach specific strategies.