Did I tell you I was tutoring a first grader? Well, I am. She’s the perfect student and she’s providing me the perfect opportunities to create first grade resources. Her class does timed facts tests, so we needed to practice on those. So I created addition flashcards 0-10 (sums to 10) and addition facts 1 minute timed fluency pages. Subtraction and teen facts will be next.
After searching TpT, I couldn’t find exactly what I looking for as far as vertical addition flashcards go, so I created these cute school themed flashcards. I wanted enough decoration on them to make them cute, but not enough to zap the printer ink. And 3×5, the same size as an index card, seemed to be just the right size to make them. I love how they turned out. The flashcards worked well to help reinforce strategies of counting up and my student is now beginning to memorize the facts. And using the flashcards prior to the timed test has helped. I just have to make sure not to tire her out.
Addition Flashcards 0 – 10
Addition flashcards are great to have in a Math Station. If the answers are on the back, students can use them to quiz each other. They can also be used independently with counters and numbers to create math addition activities.
This activity just needs addition flashcards and small numbers. The numbers I used are cheap little plastic magnetic numbers. These numbers are a little less than an inch and a quarter tall. I have letters and numbers.
Counters can be added to aid those who need extra support. The apple counters are really mini erasers, but we NEVER call them that in class. They are always counters. 😉
Addition Timed Fluency Pages
I created 1 minute timed addition fluency pages (check below for FREE samples). The addition facts fluency pack consists of 2 formats: 20 problems per page (full page format) and 10 problems per page (half page format). I used these and had my student compete against herself. If she got more problems right than she did the day before she received either a sticker or a gummy bear (her choice). Eventually as she got faster, she was self-motivated to want to be able to complete the whole page, just for the satisfaction of being able to do it … not for a reward.
These addition fact fluency pages are geared more to new and struggling learners. You won’t see all the “easy” facts removed from the pages such as 0 + ? and 1 + ?, because new and struggling learners still need to learn and practice these facts. As the pages progress in difficulty, the number/amount of those facts are phased out. This also allows for learner success instead of instant failure.
Honestly, I’m not a proponent of timed tests. This put my student under a lot of stress. She dealt with it, but she was stressed. I understand trying to make students learn their facts and learn them to be efficient, but I’m not sure the stress some students feel is worth that. And do you really NEED to be that fast? Being efficient and fast are two different things. Just something to think about.
So if you’re like me and choose not to use timed tests, these fluency pages make great fact practice pages. You could also use them for early morning/Bell Ringer work or homework. But I also know, some get no choice about the timed tests … like when I was tutoring my first grader. So you do what you gotta do and make it as painless as possible.
Addition Fact Fluency Back to School Color by Code
Just for fun, I created some Back to School Color by Code pages to use. I thought it would be fun for the students to answer as many facts as they could in 1 minute, then finish answering the rest of the facts before coloring using the code at the top of the page.
If your students want theirs to look really cool like the one in the photo, have them outline the sections with a marker first and then color inside lightly with a crayon. Using bright colors helps, too.
Download a FREE Sample Pack with :
Addition Fact Fluency page Sums to 10 (20 problems)
Addition Fact Fluency page Sums to 10 (10 problems) 2 half pages/2 versions per sheet
Sums to 5 Back to School Color by Code
economical 2 in 1 Addition Fact Fluency Pack
I hope this helps you gather new ideas and resources for your new or struggling learner.
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