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Mental Math Strategies

This 3-page document (pdf) offers numerous strategies that children can use to perform addition, subtraction, and multiplication mentally. These strategies help develop fact fluency, number sense, operation sense, and use of patterns.
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Contributed by: Portage la Prairie School Division, Publisher
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
Developing Fact FluencyThis collection supports teachers as they help children develop fluency with number facts in all four operations. The resources take advantage of patterns and number sense, properties, parity, and other connections, to improve retention and transferability. They encourage reasoning and strategic thinking. Several articles and videos suggest specific activities and games that can be incorporated into classroom routines. A unit of lesson plans helps with addition facts and a series of blog entries includes ideas for teaching multiplication facts.
CCSS Practice Standard 7This collection supports teachers as they integrate Practice Standard 7 into their classroom routines. In these articles and videos, teachers will see strategies that help guide students to look for and make use of structure as they discover and understand mathematical concepts. Additional resources for immediate use in the classroom can be found in a companion classroom collection.
Math TopicNumber Sense, Basic Operations, Number Concepts, Algebraic Thinking, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade LevelK, 1, 2, 3, 4
Resource TypeInstructional Strategy

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education TopicTeaching strategies
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentYes
    • ContributorPortage la Prairie School Division, Publisher
    • Publication Date2008-09
    • RightsCopyright (c) Portage la Prairie School Division
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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  • User Comments
    • 4.25
      More needed
      By Uncle Bob on 10/27/2012 - 12:23
    • This resource gives plenty of ideas for working on mental math, a facility that many of today's students need. If you have ideas to add to the list, see the ML discussion "Mental math – more needed, and share some. Thanks!
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      Good Strategies
      By bethb on 01/11/2013 - 14:49
    • I think this would make a good around the classroom reference for students just learning addition and subtraction (probably with some pictures to accompany it). I definitely would not overload students with these strategies all at once, maybe just one a week.
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