So you've decided to implement a mental math approach to teaching math facts and you're wondering where to start! If you want to help your students build true fluency with the addition facts this year, you've come to the right place.
Too often math fact fluency is viewed as only speed and accuracy. This drives teaching practices like timed tests and memorization. But true addition fluency also incorporates flexibility and appropriate strategy use. When we teach only for memorization, we leave many of our students behind!
It's no secret that there is a big gap in many students' understanding of math facts. To help bridge this gap, we must focus on teaching students to understand subtraction conceptually, rather than simply expecting them to memorize facts without making the proper connections.
This bundle of mental math subtraction strategy units is designed to teach math facts in a conceptual, flexible way. We don't want students to simply memorize the facts - we want them to UNDERSTAND them! This will lead to automaticity.
This bundle of subtraction resources includes SIX units, each teaching a different strategy for subtraction fluency. These are:
- Counting Back and Counting Up
- Using Addition to Subtract
- Using Doubles and Near Doubles
- Getting to Ten and Subtracting the Rest
- Break Apart for Subtraction
What Teachers Are Saying
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Wow! This is an amazing package if you are struggling to teach mental math strategies! I absolutely love how easily laid out it is and how Shelley includes differentiated instructions. This is exactly what I was looking for as I was stuck on how to teach subtraction ☺️" Melissa L.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "This resource is exactly what I was looking for to add to my mental math center rotation. The activities are accesible enough that students can work through them on their own/ with minimal support." Sarah A.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "This is the most impressive tpt resource I have found! They want us to get away from the textbooks (?) and this is a wonderful unit to help do just that. Thank you!" Lynn H.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Shelly this resource pack was excellent for my multi-age class as it was differentiated. It also focused on the strategies that I wanted my students to develop. Beautifully presented as well." Michelle M.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Oh wow! I think that just about covers it :) This is an AMAZING resource! I was feeling anxious about teaching the various subtraction strategies - now I am not. Thank you for all of your hard work! My only complaint - I wish I had bought the mega pack with the addition units too! I've added it to my wish list for next time :)" Kimberlee V.