Math Fact Stacks and an Educents Deal!

I have been working on my Math Fact Stack packs FOREVER and I'm glad to let you all know they are finally done!!  I have really been a busy bee during spring break this week! One major thing I have noticed this year working in a Title I position is that my students do not have adequate math fact fluency.  There's a lot of finger counting and picture drawing going on.  Not that these are bad strategies because they definitely aren't but when a 4th grader is still adding on their fingers, I feel that we need to target some math fact fluency.  I have found that math fact fluency not only gives my students confidence but greatly improves their accuracy especially when completing multi-step problems.

 I have used math rings in the past with success so I took that method and put a little twist on it.  These packs contain math fact flash cards that you could turn into a ring or simply staple together to make a "math fact stack".  The point of the program is to practice math fact fluency for mastery.  In the packs I include several other ideas for how to use the cards in addition to making them into a stack for independent or buddy practice.  

I also include "quick assessments" which you can administer to test your students on their math fact fluency each week, they only take 1-2 minutes to complete.  Since I am a firm believer in my students understanding the method behind our learning madness, I also included data sheets for students (and teachers) to track their mastery each time they test on a math fact level.  

I have developed a pack for each of the 4 operations and a bundle pack that includes all 4 at a discounted price.  You can click on any of the pictures below to check them out in my TPT store!

Whew…that was quite a project but I have been using them with my kiddos for the past couple weeks and I have already seen difference, they especially love moving from one level to the next! 

 For more math news…I am excited to announce that I have two packs in an Educents bundle this week!  My Money and new Elapsed Time pack are both included in this GREAT deal of a pack!  It's a Geometry, Time and Money pack for 2nd and 3rd Graders! Click on the image below to check it out. It includes 9 packs total and it is currently on sale for $10.99!

For anyone still wondering, I am still pregnant with exactly 3 weeks until my due date!  Since we are so close to Baby K making his appearance we have been hanging out at home and relaxing this spring break.  During this time I have a few more things I am working on over our "staycation" so hopefully I'll be back in the next day or so with a summer-themed update.  I hope everyone is having a great week!

Elapsed Time

It is time for my 3rd graders to begin working on one tricky concept…elapsed time!  We have been reviewing time for about a week and a half.  I know this may seem like a while, but I only see my 3rd graders four times a week for 30 minutes, so we don't have a ton of time to practice. To begin with, I reviewed time to the five minutes from 2nd grade.  We made these awesome clocks from Thriving Third Graders.  You can download it for free HERE

After this we learned about time to the minute using these fabulous resources.

I am all about the hands-on and turning learning into a game so we played telling time red light green light.  Here's how we played!

After this we dove into elapsed time.  I modified red light, green light, I did a few explicit lessons with guided practice and then I put together this packet of Elapsed Time fun!  We are going to be working through this packet for the next week or so.

You can click on the elapsed time picture above to check it out on TPT!