Sunday, September 11, 2011

Basic Computation

One of the biggest complaints I hear from teachers when it comes to math education is that students simply do not know their basic facts. This deficit affects all areas of math. The answer to this problem is typically to use the timed math facts tests. However, if we are not teaching good computation strategies or providing practice in a way that offers immediate feedback, the students will only be practicing bad habits or incorrect answers. The following sites are interactive games and study tools for learning basic facts. I have shared these with the parents of my students as an optional homework activity.

  Monster Flash Cards (I like the Add and Subtract set the best!)

  Math Fact Practice (This one has a report that is generated at the end so you can see how the student is doing and track growth.)

  Sheppard Software Games (Multiple flash games… Homepage also has practice for pretty much all math subjects.)

  ArithmeTick (This one has an iPhone/iPad app, too.)

  Arcademic Skill Builders (Arcade style games)

  Add ‘Em Up (This one is a bit trickier as it involves strategy and logical thinking. Great for higher level math thinking skills!)

  Cross the Swamp (Practice math facts and missing addends.)


 What resources do you have for teaching basic math facts?