Math facts fluency is the ability to recall the basic multiplication facts quickly and effortlessly. When students achieve automaticity with these facts, they have attained a level of mastery that enables them to retrieve them for long-term memory without conscious effort or attention.
Studies have shown how the progression from effortful processes, such as finger counting, to automatized retrieval is associated with actual changes in the regions of the brain involved in mathematical computation (Rivera, Reiss, Eckert and Menon, 2005). So why focus on math facts?
Math facts fluency leads to higher order mathematics
Through automaticity students free up their working memory and can devote it to problem solving and learning new concepts and skills (Geary, 1994). Quite simply, a lack of fluency in basic math fact recall significantly hinders a child’s subsequent progress with problem-solving, algebra and higher-order math concept.
Fluent math facts mean less confusion
Math facts are important because they form the building blocks for higher-level math concepts. When a child masters his/her math facts, these concepts will be significantly easier and the student will be better equipped to solve them faster. If the child spends a lot of time doing the basic facts, he/she is more likely to be confused with the processes and get lost in their calculations.
Multiplication Fluency Made Easy!
This product contains:
* Teaching Powerpoint to teach Multiplication Strategies and Multiplication Patterns
* Multiplication Strategies Posters
* Student booklet for recording each family of facts in color on their individual multiplication chart with an explanation of each pattern.
* Directions to enlarge an 8 ½” X 11” multiplication chart into an interactive poster in your classroom.