- Practice math facts as much as you can. It doesn't have to be a set aside time every day, but practice whenever you can. In the car, while shopping, taking a bath, chores, tasks around the house, etc. Work in practicing whenever possible! The more practice a child has, the better they will be!
- In the classroom, it's always fun to have challenges every now and then. One way is to line everyone up and work your way down the line, calling out a fact. When someone misses, they are out. Also, Math Around the World is a game kids love! Hold up a flash card for two students to compete answering. The winner goes onto the next student. They must beat everyone around the room in one turn (not stop and go) to win.
- Incentives. Some teachers do a math fact a week (such as +0, +1, +2, etc.) and students must answer 15/25 facts in two minutes to pass. Each time they pass, they get a scoop for an ice cream cone. After 10 weeks, throw an ice cream party or give playtime outside as a reward.
Here is a list of resources:
- Downloadable pack containing the following sheets:
- Life in First Grade has a great rap to teach double math facts.
- Strategies to Use for Addition/Subtraction Anchor Chart
- Swamp Frog First Graders has a fun game called Don't Get Zapped to practice math facts.
- Open Wide, Look Inside has a great list of books that teach addition and subtraction.
- The Lemonade Stand has a great way to teach addition/subtraction with fine motor practice. This would be great for struggling students as well.
Do you have any fun, creative ways of teaching addition/subtraction? Do you do any fun games or incentives in your classroom to get students motivated? I'd love to hear your ideas!