Math fact fluency is very important for student achievement in math and it is a standard in 3rd grade. The standard states that 3rd grade students should fluently multiply and divide within 100 and by the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers. The 2nd grade standard states that students should be able to fluently add and subtract within 100. By the time our students finish 3rd grade, we want to be sure they are fluent in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. We have several programs and incentives related to math fact fluency in 3rd grade at Holsenbeck.
The Math Masters fact incentive program has been used at Holsenbeck for many years. Each week, students are tested with a 100-problem sheet. The program requires students to successfully pass each of the areas below with 98% accuracy or better before going on to the next level.
Addition (“Math Master”) levels: 6 minutes, 4 minutes, and 3 minutes
Subtraction (“Math Mentor”) levels: 6 minutes, 4 minutes, and 3 minutes
Multiplication (“Math Wizard”) levels: 6 minutes, 4 minutes, and 3 minutes
Division (“Math Genius”) levels: 6 minutes, 4 minutes, and 3 minutes
Double digit (“Math Champion”) levels: 6 minute addition, 6 minute subtraction, 6 minute multiplication, and 6 minute division
For each “minutes” level students pass, they will receive a certificate. For each operation level students pass, they receive a bigger award (ribbons, medals, trophies, t-shirts, and plaques). These are all awarded at awards celebrations.
To help students master their math facts, we use the Reflex math fact fluency online program. We use this fun program instead of just using worksheets or flash cards. All students will have log in information for Reflex in their agenda binders. To use Reflex, students go to www.reflexmath.com or open the free Reflex math app on an iPad. They enter “smasters” as the username and then click on their class name. After clicking on their name, they enter their password. Parents can sign up for a parent reporting account by going to www.reflexmath.com/parents. Follow the onscreen instructions to easily set up your account. This will allow you monitor your child’s math fact fluency progress. (You will need your child’s password to access this.)
Usage is important for success with Reflex. (Three days of usage is good but four days is better!) Any help you can provide by encouraging your child to use Reflex at home will be appreciated.