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A student with basic fact fluency can apply strategies or retrieve known facts quickly. Games are powerful tools for developing fluency because they provide significant practice and a forum for describing and hearing strategies. The guide’s strategies, games, and assessment tools offer a powerful approach to basic fact mastery, helping every child develop fluency with their multiplication facts (and related division facts), while simultaneously increasing their number sense and confidence in mathematics. This dramatically different approach to basic fact mastery replaces long-used practices that have led many learners to dislike math and feel anxious about their abilities.
Mastering the basic facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division is an essential goal for all students. Most educators also agree that success at higher levels of math hinges on this fundamental skill. But what’s the best way to get there? Are flash cards, drills, and timed tests the answer? If so, then why do students go into the upper elementary grades (and beyond) still counting on their fingers or experiencing math anxiety? What does research say about teaching basic math facts so they will stick? In Math Fact Fluency, experts Jennifer Bay-Williams and Gina Kling provide the answers to these questions—and so much more. This book offers everything a teacher needs to teach, assess, and communicate with parents about basic math fact instruction