Building Fact Fluency: A Toolkit for Addition & Subtraction

by Graham Fletcher & Tracy Johnston Zager

Help students learn their math facts by developing deep, conceptual understanding and procedural fluency with Building Fact Fluency: A Toolkit for Addition & Subtraction by math specialist Graham Fletcher and math coach and editor Tracy Johnston Zager. This comprehensive toolkit provides everything a teacher needs to help students develop number sense on the way to fluency— from cards, games, and videos to online resources, a facilitator’s guide, and hundreds of highly- engaging activities and tasks.

 

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How It Works

Strategies and Contexts

The Building Fact Fluency toolkit is designed around multiple contextual themes that invite students to explore seven foundational and derived strategies. Each of the seven strategies are taught through three real-world contexts supported by a Lesson String of related activities, tasks, and games.

 

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Lesson String (Overview and Samples)

A Lesson String is a cluster of related activities, tasks, and games for each context.  Click on a Lesson String activity for details and samples :

Image Talks

Image Talks are short routines, similar to Number Talks, except based on a photograph or series of photographs of everyday objects, rather than numerals. All the images are hosted on the Companion Website so you can easily project the images or display them on a laptop or tablet. You can also find the first Image Talk for each context in the portable flipchart, which can work well for small groups and in a variety of locations. The Image Talks are designed to come early in the Lesson Strings because they activate students' thinking about the context and elicit thinking about the strategies.

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Anchor Problem

Rich problem-based lessons that support students' reasoning about addition and subtraction (in English and Spanish).

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Tool Talks

Tool Talks are short routines, similar in length to Image Talks or Number Talks. A Tool Talk is a series of photographs that provide opportunities for students to connect the meaning-making they've been doing within the context to slightly more abstract math tools. All the images are hosted on the website so you can easily project the images or display them on a laptop or tablet. You can also find the first Tool Talk for each context in the portable flipchart, which can work well for small groups or in a variety of locations. The Tool Talk in a Lesson String is intended to be taught after the Image Talk.

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Collections of story problems that provide ample opportunities for students to work deeply with the operations within each context, building connections with practice (in English and Spanish).

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Number Talks

Powerful short, mental math routines in which students talk about different ways they can mentally solve computation problems. 

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The toolkit contains 29 different, highly engaging games, including all the gameboards, cards, playing counters, and dice needed for a whole class or small group to practice their number facts while thinking strategically and having fun.

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3-Act Tasks are problem-based lessons that give students opportunities to mathematize the world. Not every context has a related 3-Act Math Task—we included them in the contexts that most invited storytelling and mathematical modeling. Students generally find 3-Act Tasks to be highly engaging and joyful.

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