Help your students internalize basic facts, and then celebrate their accomplishment with a Math Fact Mastery Certificate! As students move to the upper elementary grades, and the focus moves from a manipulative-based Math curriculum to a more algorithm, project-based curriculum, internalizing basic facts becomes increasingly critical.
As this shift occurs in the third and fourth grade, students are expected to bounce back and forth between operations with relative ease. As they learn to multiply larger numbers, for example, they bounce back and forth between multiplication and addition. With long division, they utilize all four operations. Not knowing the basic facts at this point can impede mathematical progress, as a student struggles to recall a basic fact and then forgets the next step in the algorithm.
All too often, students at this age start to perceive themselves as 'bad at Math'. Sometimes a student has legitimate difficulty understanding fundamental math concepts, but students at this age also are likely to equate quick Math fact recall with mathematical aptitude. While knowing basic facts doesn't necessarily mean a child is mathematically minded, not knowing the basic facts can certainly get in the way of higher order mathematical thinking and functioning.
Five skill drills and a certificate of mastery are included in this packet. Generally, students who are able to complete each sheet in approximately 5 minutes have internalized their basic facts and are able to recall them relatively quickly and accurately. These fact sheets can also serve to review basic facts intermittently as the year progresses.
Make sure your students know their basic facts and move forward in Math successfully!