These fact cards are designed to help students attain mastery of their addition facts through 10. Students must have mastery (automatic recall) of their math facts so that they can focus on the harder problem solving processes.
A student has automatic recall of a fact when he or she has practiced the fact enough with effective strategies to be able to produce a correct answer immediately. The student knows the fact automatically when he or she no longer needs a strategy to figure it out; he or she no longer has to pause and think.
If you knew your doubles fact, 4 + 4 = 8, would this be an easier problem?
“Can you pull 4 out of the number 6 and add it to 4 to get 8? Then, add the rest of the number 6, which is 2, to 8 to get 10”. This strategy, demonstrated with a number bond picture, is called doubles fact plus 2.
By using this two-step mental process, students not only master math facts but improve working memory and sequential processing skills.
A student should progress through the fact card arithmetic levels in the sequence below. He or she must have mastery of prior levels before progressing to the next level.