Resources and Tools for Elementary Math Specialists and Teachers
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This article focuses on the role and techniques of effective ("distributed") practice that leads to full and fluent mastery of mental mathematics as well as conceptual growth around properties of arithmetic. It lists the essential mental math skills needed for fluent computation at grades 1, 2, and 3. The article describes a number of strategies for developing mental skills and links to pages with more details on others (some not yet complete). While this article refers to the Think Math! curriculum published by EDC, the methods generalize to any program. The Fact of the Day technique and a related video are cataloged separately.
Contributed by: Paul Goldenberg - Author, Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) - 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.
Math TopicNumber Sense, Decimals, Fractions, Basic Operations, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Resource TypeActivity, Instructional Strategy, Reference Materials, Article

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education TopicTeaching strategies
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentYes
    • ContributorPaul Goldenberg - Author, Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) - Publisher
    • Publication Date2011-10-25
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2009 Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC)
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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