Oh, math facts! Our students, whether they have disabilities or not, struggle to master them. How can we help?
I believe that we can strategically break up math facts to help our students tackle them in smaller chucks. I also believe that we have to teach students good strategies for solving addition facts on their own when memorization is difficult.
How To Break Up Math Facts
While there isn’t a magic answer for solving all math fact mastery problems, I do think we can help our students see patterns. I like to start with simple problems that help them build confidence. Later, add more difficult skills that require more memorization.
- Doubles +1
- Sums of 5
- Sums of 10
- Fact Families
Supporting Your Students – My Least to Most Favorite
5. Counting on Fingers: Specifically, help them realize a two important tricks to be more efficient!
- Counting On
- Five Fingers on One Hand
4. Use Pictures, Manipulatives, Tally Marks, and Erasers for Counters.
3. Number Line (I really like to use the metric side of a ruler for a number line.)
2. Hundreds Chart
- Touch Points