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Fantastic, colorful flashcards make it easy to sort cards. But this is no ordinary set of flashcards! Magic Facts, those 15 facts most challenging for students are on their own set, and each fact has a unique rhyme, song, story or other memorable way to help keep those times tables locked in their minds.
Check out the Magic Facts Memory Card and a music-focused way to learn the multiples of 3's. An award for meeting this challenge is also included.
Here they are, your
Math Wizards Flashcards!
Use these cards, along with your Math Wizards Student Guide and Math Wizards
Family Guide to have fun mastering the times tables!
Cut out these bright Math Wizards Flashcards and clip them together in sets with paperclips. A zipper lock plastic bag or envelope will keep them safe and ready-to-go when you are ready to practice and test for mastery. Tuck them right inside the cover of your Math Wizards Student Guide between practice sessions.
The Math Wizards Flashcards were designed to be easily sorted into sets by their color. As you begin this quest, practice the times tables as sets, working to master one set of flashcards at a time.
You can practice as a team by sitting across from each other with the cards in between and questions face up. One will be the cheerer, the other is the answerer, and each has a job to do. The cheerer will hold up a card and ask the question on the card out loud. (Seven times three is ….) The answerer will then answer out loud. The cheerer will flip the card over toward the person answering the math facts. This will show them the answer right-side-up and allow the answerer to see if they gave the correct answer. Now the cheerer has a job;
provide some words of congratulations (Brilliant!) or words of encouragement (Good try!) for each answer. This makes it fun! Use the 101 ways to Encourage your Child page, found in the Math Wizards Family Guide for great ideas of what to say. Go through the stacks several times. Two students working on learning the times tables can take turns answering the questions or providing the cheerleading.
Experiment with this method. Some people like to just look at the card and give the answer without having the question said or without saying the question themselves. This is especially true once they have
become fast at answering a set of facts. It allows that person to go through the stack more quickly and it can be fun to see how very fast a student can go through the stack. It is just fine to do what you are comfortable with.
You can also practice on your own by stacking up the sets of cards you are working on and flipping them over and setting them above this stack to check the answer. You can practice quietly, or speak out loud as you read and answer the cards. Use the Daily Practice Pages in the Math Wizards Student Guide to practice writing the answers, too.
Once you have earned a star for mastering a set of facts you will want to review those cards to keep them fresh in your mind. Now you can mix together the sets of flashcards and review them all together. Try to answer them quickly, checking your answers by flipping them over. Challenge yourself to increase your speed, and if the answers aren’t correct or you paused a bit before answering, then set that card aside and review it a few extra times at the end of your review session.