Addition/Subtraction Fact Fluency Matching Activity
Most students rapidly gain fluency in addition and subtraction in all but 36 facts. These activities focus on those “hard” facts. Using only the “hard” facts helps students focus and work in these areas that need more practice.
Addition: Sums that equal 11 to 18.
Subtraction: Differences from 11 to 18
Duplicate the boards you want to use, which have sums and differences in patterns and random order. Duplicate and cut out the Addition and Subtraction Facts (use different colors of card stock if you are making more than one set).
These matching activities were created for students who experience frustration using online fluency programs, which include speed in response as a requirement for fluency. However, the activities can be used in math centers to allow students to practice their basic addition and subtraction facts independently.
The matching game format is non-threatening for many students and saves teacher time as the students check their own work. If any problems are missed, there will be extra cards left over at the end. If students need extra guidance, writing the sums and differences on the back can be done for them.
Students will actually request to use these cards in lieu of using the online computer programs. One student asked for her own set to take home. She had struggled to gain Subtraction Mastery for quite some time. Practice with her own set at home helped her soon become a Subtraction Facts Master.