This week we began a new math fact "program" that I am calling "Math Minute". We first took a handwriting assessment to see how many numbers students could copy in a minute. This assessed only their handwriting speed without the computation part. Based on the results, each student was given a goal for the number of problems they should be able to compute in a minute. Goals in our class ranged from 28 to 40.
There are 6 levels of addition to pass before moving on to subtraction, and then multiplication and division. Since coming back to school from the storm we have done three Math Minutes. The good news is that everyone is making progress by getting more problems done/correct each time. The bad news is that we don't know our math facts like we should. :) I feel confident that this is one piece of our math puzzle, and I'm excited to see how this translates in to every day math.
How can you help? Keep talking with your kids, ask to see their Math Minutes, offer to practice with them, and perhaps pull out the flashcards again! Fifth graders may resist practicing addition and subtraction, but it will help them immensely in the long run.