Mental Math Strategies!

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Mental Math strategies build the foundation for Math-Minded student achievement!  Partner games provide a great opportunity for students to build on their mental math skills.  Here are some games/fluency building techniques I've used with my 2nd - 4th graders: 

Race to Make 10s:  Use the numbers only in a deck of playing cards, with ace equaling 1.  Turn cards face down.  As students flip over a card, partners race to determine the number needed to make a 10. 1st student to call the number, keeps the card.  Student with the most number of cards at the end of the game, wins.  Quiet version:  Students write answers on their white board.  Every student that has correct answer gets a tally mark.  Most number of tallies, wins!  (Example:  Student  turns over an 8.  First student to say 2 keeps the 8 card or gets a tally.) 

Double Trouble: This game is played much like Race to Make 10s.  In this version, students race to determine the double of the number card flipped over.  

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Sum 100 Top It:  Place all cards face down.  Each player uses a different color marker/crayon.  On your turn, flip over a card.  The first person to say the addend needed to make 100 colors in that square.  The person with the most colored squares on the chart, wins!

Sum 100 BINGO:  Students will work individually to determine the addend needed to make 100.  If they have that number on their card, they will use a BINGO marker to cover that space.  Play continues until a player has 5 in a row or until the entire board is covered. 

Sum 100 Memory: Students will search to match number pairs that equal 100.  


Addition & Subtraction Fast Facts:  Learning Fast Facts is easier with these leveled quizzes.  They begin with students focusing on doubles, doubles +/- 1, then move into the facts.  Students build stamina as they increase the number of facts answered in a specified time. 

Multiplication & Division Fast Facts: These leveled quizzes focus on learning Facts 1-5, then 5-12, before building stamina as they build stamina as they increase the number of facts answered in a specified time. 


What are some of your favorite mental math games and strategies?  I'd love to continue this conversation!

Stephanie @ Spivey Sparks 

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