Fast Facts Exercise Download

I have been meaning to post about this fabulous exercise for over a year now...
One of the fourth grade teachers at my school told us about how she had started using PowerPoint to practice Fast Facts with her kids.  All her kids would have out their slates or white boards instead of little pieces of paper (Totally speaking for the trees here!).  You set your PowerPoint to have whatever facts you want. The best part is the fact flashes on the board and you put the sum on the following slide. GENIUS. They practice it correctly every.time. 

 I tell my kids all the time "It's not practice that makes perfect. It is perfect practice."  If students guess and get it wrong, they are training their brains incorrectly. 

*For a challenge, I turn up the automatic speed from 5 seconds to 3 seconds. They really enjoy this challenge.
My kids absolutely LOVE this drill. I uploaded my doubles version to TPT for free.  Click on the picture to check it out!
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I found this little note on my desk at the end of the day and it made me cry... in case you can't read it a very simple "You make my day!" It doesn't get much better than that.

15 comments:

  1. Such a cute drawing! Thanks for sharing the post about math facts!

    ~Meghan, Inside The Classroom

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  2. Love this idea! I am definitely going to try it out!

    THANKS for sharing!
    Kathy
    First Grade a la Carte

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  3. I love this! This will become part of my math morning meeting starting Monday.
    Ms. A

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  4. Thanks for sharing! Will definitely be using this one! Might even have to make a couple of subtraction ones for my firsties! Especially the higher numbers!
    Swamp Frog First Graders

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  5. There is a free website called www.xtramath.org that does the exact same activity. It is great and it gives you reports of how well your students do after each exersise.

    I assign it for hw and started using during math.

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  6. I'll bet your students enjoy learning facts that way. I found your blog from 1st grade with Miss Snowden. Cute blog!


    Michelle
    Teach123

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  7. Great idea! I love how the kids are practicing their fluency in a fun and interactive way. BTW- the note is priceless.

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  8. Great idea! And LOVE the sweet note you got. :-)
    Rowdy in First Grade

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  9. That is so smart! What a great idea!! And that little note is so sweet. I love when I walk by my students' desks and they're crouched over their work because they don't want me to see them making a card for me! It's so cute!

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  10. Also, can you email me a copy of the fun facts exercise? I tried downloading it on TpT and it won't open the file for me :( boo!! haha

    misskindergarten{at}hotmail{dot}com

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  11. I use a power point, too. I have the children practice the facts by reading it out loud. The whole fact is there on the screen (5 + 5 = 10) and it is just like you say, perfect practice. Randomly, I have inserted pages of cowboys and chickens. Each time you see a cowboy, you holler, "Yee Haw!" and the cluck like a chicken if you see a chicken. There are more cowboys than chickens. They love it. Learned this at a workshop last year. You can change it whatever extra pictures you like... Thanks for sharing your idea!

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  12. What a great and simple idea.

    Jodi
    fun-in-first.blogspot.com

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  13. Hi Katie!
    What a great idea for practicing facts. Thanks for sharing.
    I am pleased to give you the One Lovely Blog Award. Stop by my blog to pick it up.
    Barb
    itsabouttimeteachers.blogspot.com

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