Fourth graders and beyond need a firm foundation in basic Math facts, which means that these facts have become their “sight vocabulary” just as the Dolch Words are in Reading. Included in this offering are: 24 speed practices for addition, 34 for subtraction, and 24 for multiplication. Each of these practices includes 20 problems which focus on several facts each, as well as several review facts from earlier speed practices. Each practice is written on a ½ sheet of paper. In addition to the speed practices there are: pages to put together an addition/subtraction facts booklet, menus for culmination fact celebrations with money practice ( 3 for tacos, 2 for mini subs, and one for salads), labels in large lettering for food items and weighing stations, prediction opportunities, paragraph writing, problem solving, hands on measurement activities, 3 award certificates, an answer key for problem solving, and teacher notes. (There are no answer keys for the Speedy Fact Trials.) Items not included, but needed as enhancements for the celebrations include: food, plates, cups and utensils, play money, measuring cups and spoons, balance scale, gram weights, and perhaps some volunteers. (A cash register, real or play, also adds a lot of fun!) Students are motivated to learn the facts as students are rewarded at the culmination celebrations based on their performance. In other words, some students earn a lot more “money” to purchase food. Measuring and weighing food items gives students hands on experience with a balance scale and various commonly used kitchen measuring tools. My students enjoy the “speed tests”, and love the celebrations!
At this point I would also like to introduce my “green disclaimer”. I am an ardent supporter of making as much use as possible out of each piece of paper. Therefore my margins are narrow, while still giving adequate space for what is most important, the students’ work. I’m a believer in printing on both sides of the paper. While color is eye catching, it is far more expensive to print. So, all of my materials print well in black and white to help stretch all of our schools’ budgets