# Basic Math Fact Fluency - An "Old School" Approach to Mastering the Basic Facts

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Every math teacher knows that basic math fact fluency is critical to student success in any math procedure involving computation. The goal I have for my students is that they know the basic math facts on sight as well as they know the letters of the alphabet.

After students have had ample time to practice the facts, I give an assessment to determine which students have mastered them. Those students who are not yet up to speed then begin participating in my weekly math fact plan. This plan is as “old school” as it gets, but the results are phenomenal.

Each Monday the students get a pack of four daily drill sheets. They do one drill sheet each evening, Monday through Thursday. A drill sheet simply consists of 20 basic math facts which they copy twice. This routine goes on for four weeks, after which I give another assessment. The required daily repetition of writing the facts results in an incredible improvement in the number of problems the students get correct.

Math fact drill sheets are not as much fun as computer activities, but no one can argue with the results. This may sound crazy, but the students are appreciative and grateful for having to do the sheets. They know beyond the shadow of a doubt that the daily drills have made a huge difference in their fact fluency. They are glad to have finally gotten a teacher who “makes” them learn the math facts, because any fact-related math procedure is now much easier.

This download includes directions for implementing the math fact plan and assessments to determine fact fluency. It also includes masters for three sets of weekly drill sheets: 1) addition and subtraction up to the nine’s table; 2) multiplication and division up to the nine’s table; and 3) multiplication and division up to the twelve’s table.

A number of years ago my 6th grade math class was challenged by a team of 7th grade math classes to a mental math competition involving basic fact combinations.

The video can be found here:
Link-Basic Math Fact Fluency - Mental Math Competition with Mixed Combinations

Share the video with your students to show them what is possible when one knows the basic math facts as well as he or she knows the letters of the alphabet.

The following Basic Math Fact Fluency with Mixed Combinations resources are available at my store:

Link-Basic Math Fact Fluency with Mixed Combinations – Level One with Three Operations

Link-Basic Math Fact Fluency with Mixed Combinations – Level One with Four Operations

Link-Basic Math Fact Fluency with Mixed Combinations – Level One with Five Operations

Link-Basic Math Fact Fluency with Mixed Combinations – Level Two with Two Operations

Link-Basic Math Fact Fluency with Mixed Combinations – Level Two with Three Operations

Link- Basic Math Fact Fluency with Mixed Combinations – Level Two with Four Operations

Link- Basic Math Fact Fluency with Mixed Combinations – Level Two with Five Operations
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