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Building Fact Fluency: A Toolkit for Addition & Subtraction

FAQ

General Information

A grade level has not been assigned to Building Fact Fluency because it is intended to be used in any classroom or small group focusing on building addition and subtraction fact fluency. There is enough content for multiple years of instruction and it can be used in kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 2 classrooms or for intervention, summer school, after school, or home school for older students who need additional support.

Yes. Building Fact Fluency is aligned to the Common Core State Standards as well as standards for states including Texas and Florida. Visit the Building Fact Fluency product page to access these standards correlations.

Yes. Building Fact Fluency: A Toolkit for Multiplication & Division will be available in late in the 2021 calendar year. 

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The cost of Building Fact Fluency is $489 per toolkit, and is intended for use in a single classroom.

Building Fact Fluency is a one-time purchase and was designed to last multiple school years. It does not contain any student materials that must be replaced every year.

Yes. You can use DonorsChoose to fund your purchase and can do so one of two ways. Please note, your order will be processed once payment has been received.

1. Fund your purchase with a DonorsChoose special request project. To create a special request project, your DonorsChoose account needs to have a balance of 6 points. Questions? The following links may be helpful:

2. Fund your purchase with AdoptAClassroom by using funds raised for your classroom or school account. Once your account is set up, please follow their detailed instructions for out of network purchasing. Questions? The following links may be helpful:

Components

Building Fact Fluency includes:

  • A comprehensive Facilitator’s Guide
  • Images Flipchart
  • Tools Flipchart
  • 29 Games and Materials (demonstration gameboards, dice, game cards, and counters)
  • Access to a Companion Website

 

Detailed information is available on sten.pub/grahamfletchersignup

The materials in Building Fact Fluency were made to accommodate whole-group instruction for 26 students per class. For classes with more than 26 students, we offer an additional pack of 5 decks of cards as a separate purchase. This will provide enough physical cards for up to 36 students. To help facilitate the use of Building Fact Fluency for remote instruction, Desmos has created virtual decks of the Building Fact Fluency cards and we have recommended virtual dice on the Companion Website.

Individual components of Building Fact Fluency are not available for purchase. It was designed with intention, thoughtfulness, and coherence at the center, and breaking it up into pieces would not make sense.

Yes. Each Building Fact Fluency purchase allows one teacher access to a robust Companion Website that offers downloadable resources, more than 25 professional learning videos, access to a remote learning guide, and bonus content such as 3-Act Math Tasks for select contexts.

No. The digital and physical resources included in Building Fact Fluency are designed to be used seamlessly together and were not intended to stand alone. For remote adaptation, teachers are welcome to use the resource for digital instruction. The content is protected by copyright law and we ask that you do not share it publicly on the internet or with unauthorized users.

Yes. The gameboards, anchor problems, and contextualized practice problems included in Building Fact Fluency are available for download on the Companion Website in both English and Spanish.

The Building Fact Fluency game cards will be available in packages of 5 for schools who need additional materials.

Implementation

Yes. Building Fact Fluency is a coherent supplemental curricular resource that is tightly focused on fluency and aligns well to the major number and operations work of grades K–2.

Just like any other curriculum, each classroom needs their own Building Fact Fluency toolkit. This way, each teacher will have a Facilitator’s Guide and enough materials for every student. However, for teachers working in collaboration with educators such as English language learner support teachers, paraprofessionals, and special educators, each kit comes with a unique access code that will be identified with a single user, but can be used to log in to two simultaneous sessions, with the intention of supporting collaboration within a classroom. For example, a teacher might be projecting images and facilitating a discussion with the large group, while the other educator works with a small group on a tablet or laptop.

There are multiple ways to use Building Fact Fluency effectively across a three-year grade span without repetition. Teams of educators can plan a sequence of Building Fact Fluency lessons across grade levels such that ideas build and connect year over year, but the lessons aren’t repeated. The Companion Website provides two possible multi-year sequences to help with multi-year planning. These sequences can be adopted as is, or they can help launch conversations about tailoring or creating a pacing guide for your setting.

The lessons in Building Fact Fluency are designed to take an average of 10–15 minutes per day. Some tasks are warm-up length, and other tasks form the main portion of a problem-based lesson. Games and practice problems can be used flexibly. You can find multiple weekly schedule options in the Facilitator’s Guide.

Yes. Every component of the toolkit can be taught remotely by using the resources found on the Companion Website. In addition to lesson resources and videos, the Companion Website includes an “Implementing Building Fact Fluency in Remote, Hybrid, and Distance Learning” remote facilitation guide that includes details for how to teach each component in a remote or hybrid learning environment.

You do not need to ask permission to share the digital components of Building Fact Fluency with your class in a private virtual meeting such as Google Meet, Zoom, WebEx, BlueJeans, etc. or when using protected virtual platforms like Google Classroom, Seesaw, Padlet, Flipgrid, etc. We do ask that you help protect the author’s intellectual property and years of work by keeping the materials within those protected sites. Please refrain from posting the materials on the public internet or sharing materials with colleagues who are not registered users.

Each physical Building Fact Fluency toolkit comes with a unique access code to the Companion Website. Each verified purchaser will partner an email and password to their unique code, which will serve as that user’s login. When there are staffing changes, Stenhouse customer service will support you in changing the email and password attached to the code, so the toolkit can shift from one teacher to another.

Customer Service phone: 800.988.9812
Customer Service email: customerservice@stenhouse.com

The Building Fact Fluency approach to assessment disrupts typical fact fluency assessment procedures such as timed tests and replaces them with more meaningful and less anxiety provoking methods that emphasize listening carefully to students’ thinking. Within Building Fact Fluency, you’ll find the tools and resources needed to support assessment through observations, interviews, looking at student work, journal prompts, and student self-assessment. The Facilitator’s Guide describes these assessment approaches in detail while the Companion Website includes videos showing what these methods can look like in action. For example, you can view sample videos of the author, Graham Fletcher, as he facilitates an interview with a student in the classroom and then shares his thoughts and next moves, or talks with students during game play or problem solving, and then shares where he would go next with the student.

There is a short letter to families on the Building Fact Fluency Companion Website that explains the overall approach to fluency, and how they can help and support their child in learning their number combinations at home without stopwatches, flashcards, and worksheets.