Welcome to the “Just the Math Facts” blog hop! I sincerely hope you find something helpful for teaching basic math facts on this hop. 🙂
Do you remember how you learned your math facts? As I sat down to write this post, I tried to recall what had helped me as a child. I remember sitting on the floor in front of my parents while they used flashcards to help me practice…every night until I had them mastered. I remember my dad buying an addition/subtraction BINGO game to play with me. I remember having a fifth grade teacher who made us recite each set of multiplication facts in front of the class…and being rewarded with a full size candy bar from his cabinet when we mastered a set. Yes, I remember timed tests, but more as proof that I had memorized the facts – not as a way to practice them. I strongly believe that mastering math facts (multiplication facts, in particular) is a big key to success in math. This post is full of tech tips with different methods to help students practice their math facts…beyond flashcards.
My first tech tip is not so techie. I have created a Pinterest board, Basic Math Facts – Gotta Know ‘Em, filled with activities and games that can be used in the classroom for extra practice for the kiddos. There are already over 100 different pins on this board, so it’s definitely a place to start if you’re looking for ideas. 🙂
My second tech tip is to download the game, Timez Attack, by Big Brainz. There is a free version and a paid version. The free version will practice all of the facts, but each level looks the same, whereas the levels are different in the paid version. I have the free school version (there is one for home, as well) on all three computers in my room. This is the first educational game that looks, sounds, and plays like an actual video game that I have come across. My kids BEG to play it – and even line up to play it during inside recess! I ADORE this game because it practices the facts just a few at a time and keeps spiraling what they just learned with the facts they have already shown mastery of. The school edition lets you set up a class list and monitors each kid’s progress. It began as a game that only practiced multiplication facts, but they have since added addition, subtraction, and division.
I love using my computers as part of my math station rotation and here are a few of the websites I rotate through to give the kids variety (though we truly do use Timez Attack at least a few times a week). I have FIVE different websites for you to check out that have games focused on learning basic math facts.
- A Plus Math Here you will find games such as MATHO and Hidden Pictures that will have the kids practicing their math facts gladly!
- ABCya On ABCya, students can play Math Fact Shoot Out, which is a basketball-style game that sports-lovin’ kiddos will thoroughly enjoy!
- Math Playground These games are great for the competitive kid, because they allow them to play against other online players. What fun!
- Fun Brain Fun Brain has a great Math Baseball game for one or two players. You can select which operation you want to work on, or choose them all!
- Sheppard Software Exploring all the options on this site might take a while. With so many options, there is surely something that will appeal to everyone!
Last year I was blessed by my buildings PAC (Principal’s Advisory Committee) with an iPad to use with my kiddos with special needs. Here are my FIVE favorite math facts apps I have discovered:
- Math Duel I LOVE this app! It is a multiplayer game that pits two players against one another…simultaneously! Better yet, you can set each side of the iPad for different levels – and different operations, even! What a wonderful thing for easy, instant differentiation!
- Math Blaster Hyperblast Players have a good time holding the iPad as a steering wheel while trying to avoid obstacles as they steer their spacecraft in a fun, fast-paced game. Word of warning however: it is very brightly colored and the fast movement of lights might be hard to handle for kids who struggle with sensory input.
- Timed Test This is an app that lets you set up kids to take timed tests. You can choose the operation, the numbers included, the time allotted, and whether to have the app give feedback (a certain sound to accompany incorrect and correct answers). I appreciate this app because it keeps a record of past tests which allows for easy progress monitoring. Not to mention I don’t have to spend time grading timed tests!!!!
- Math Bingo Another fun way for kids to practice their basic facts is in a BINGO format. 🙂
- Sushi Monster This Scholastic game has a twist on practicing basic math facts by providing the answer and having the kids find numbers that make that answer. It is a fun game for kids to work together on.
In addition to all the above, I have several items for sale in my TeachersPayTeachers store that focus on basic math facts. For more teaching tips, check me out on Facebook, Twitter, and (of course!) Pinterest. 🙂 And if you have a tip for teaching basic math facts, I sure would love to hear it! Just leave it in the comments below!
The next stop on the “Just the Math Facts” blog hop is to Tabitha from FlapJack Educational Resources. Head on over to learn more about Poke Card Math Facts. 🙂