Math Fact Fluency Races


We all know how important is for kids to practice and know their math facts. By the end of 2nd grade, kids should be proficient with their facts up to 20. I try to come up with fun ways to practice so the kids don't get burnt out. One of their favorite games to play is math fact races. This is a twist on the traditional, go to the board, write a math fact, and see how can solve it the fastest type game. Even though I play this with 2nd graders, it can easily be adapted for younger or upper grades.
Do the kids in your class get burnt out on practicing math facts? I have a way to solve that. Math Fact Races are a HUGE hit in my classroom and the kids enjoy playing.


Here is how it works. Split your class up into teams. I always have two but you can do more than that if you have space. Draw two large circles on your white board. Inside those circles write the numbers 0-10 all the way around. Leave space in the middle to write a larger number. 

*Don't hate on my circle drawing skills. :)
Do the kids in your class get burnt out on practicing math facts? I have a way to solve that. Math Fact Races are a HUGE hit in my classroom and the kids enjoy playing.

The number in the middle is the main number. They are to add the main number with a smaller number and solve for the sum around the outside of the circle. When I say go, the two teams race to complete adding numbers all the way around. The team complete their facts the fastest, and have them all correct is the winner. 

They do not have to complete the circle in order. For example, they can do 5+2 and write the sum of 7 on the outside of the circle. They pass the marker to the next person and they can do 5+9 and write the sum of 14 on the outside of the circle. The reason I don't have them go in order is for differentiation. I still have some students who struggle with adding higher numbers. This allows the ones to can answer 5+1 quickly to participate without feeling left out. 

Do the kids in your class get burnt out on practicing math facts? I have a way to solve that. Math Fact Races are a HUGE hit in my classroom and the kids enjoy playing.

Do the kids in your class get burnt out on practicing math facts? I have a way to solve that. Math Fact Races are a HUGE hit in my classroom and the kids enjoy playing.

After each round, that team gets a point and I change the number in the middle and the game starts over. 

Do the kids in your class get burnt out on practicing math facts? I have a way to solve that. Math Fact Races are a HUGE hit in my classroom and the kids enjoy playing.

We play this game once a week and they love it. It can easily be adapted for subtraction, multiplication, or division facts. My kids love it and I hope you class will too! 

Want to find more engaging activities for your math block? Check out my Math Pinterest board! It's full of great ideas to help making math fun. 



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So in Love with Books Giveaway



Hi, friends! Valentine's Day is right around the corner. My friends and I are back to bring you another FAB-U-LOUS giveaway! What can you win? 12 Valentine themed books. Yes, that is right! YOU could win 12 books for your classroom. We're also sharing 12 FREEBIES to go along with them! Want to know how you can win? Keep reading this post to find out! 


The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever is one of the CUTEST stories for this time of year. 


It's about a little boy named Leon who makes a valentine for his secret crush. This isn't just any kind of crush, it's a let-her-cut-in-line-at-the-water-fountain kind of crush. But Leon's valentine card has a completely different plan. It doesn't want anything to do with mushy stuff so it takes off running. Will Leon catch his valentine card? Will he be able to give it to his crush? I guess you'll have to read the book to find out! :) 


I have a great FREEBIE to share with you that goes along with the book. Sequence of events and being able to retell a story in your own words is so important. Grab this sequencing page along with some ABC order practice by clicking here or on the photo below. 




Now for the giveaway details! Here is how you can enter to win 12 AMAZING books for your classroom. Before you hop onto see my sweet friend, Allyson over at Going Strong in 2nd Grade, don't forget to grab my number! Each blogger will have a number at the end of his/her post. Collect all the numbers along the way, and when you're done, add them all up and enter the sum in the Rafflecopter below!





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New Year, New Tools: Winter Break Snapshot Writing

Hi Everyone! My friends and I over at See Mama Teach are linking up for a fun New Years blog post!


We’re sharing ideas and freebies to help you ease back into January and I’m stop
 number 7! 


You can click here to go to stop number 1. 

Starting back after winter break can be a challenge. It's almost like the first day of school all over again. One thing all teachers know is that the kids are EXCITED to come back! When they walk into the room the first thing they want to tell you is all about their break. As the teacher, you want to hear all 22 stories but it can get overwhelming and time consuming. Winter Break Snap Shots can help with that. 

This fun writing activity allows your students to share all the exciting things they did over winter break. Print the snapshot page and have it laying on their desk for morning work (or use during your writing block.) They can draw pictures of everything they did and then write a paragraph do describe what they drew. 

Winter Break Writing by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

You can print the cover page and turn their writing into a class book. When their is time, they can share about their breaks aloud if they choose too. This also allows you to read them on your own time when you can instead of taking up class time. 

Winter Break Writing by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

You can grab this FREEBIE in my TPT store here

Winter Break Writing by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade


Now keep on hopping through to grab some more tips and freebies, and to enter to win a $50 stitchfix.com gift card & a bunch of great teaching resources!

The winner will earn get to choose any item from my TPT store up to $10! 

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