Monday, May 28, 2012

Multiplication Fluency Test FREEBIE


Like me, I am sure many of you are already planning for the beginning of the next school year. 

Learning the basic multiplication facts takes time for many students, so I start this process in August/September.


I have my students begin learning their facts using flash cards. Many purchase these, but they are easy to make with index cards as well. I offer an attractive class set in my product, “Clowning Around with Multiplication” at my stores on either TPT or TN. 



  This year, in my classroom, we will be concentrating on the new Common Core standards of developing the concept of multiplication and number sense.  However, in addition, at home I will have my students practice learning their basic facts as part of their daily homework assignments. 


PROBLEM: In past years, I found it a bit difficult to keep all of my students on the same set of facts at the same time.  There are always some students that learn their facts very quickly and some need a bit more time.  However keeping track of individual levels and testing those can be challenging. 



SOLUTION:  I have found a solution that works for me and I hope it will work for you too.  Each student has an individual assessment sheet.  Each week I assess their mastery of a fact set.  If they show mastery, they move on to the next set (next week).  If not, then they practice that same set for another week, and test on that same set a second time.  Since these assessments are all on one sheet, it is easy to keep up with what was tested on last time, without any additional recording of data. 



Once 8 assessments are completed, a new sheet is required, so I staple both together.  I keep the class set of assessments in one folder, and they are easy to pass out each Friday.



In addition to giving weekly assessments, I communicate student progress with parents weekly, with “Oops! notes” and “Congratulations! notes”.  These assessments as well as parent communication notes are included in my Multiplication Fluency Assessment Pack.  I have decided to offer it here for FREE.  I hope this will help you keep organized and keep your kiddos on track as they learn their multiplication facts. 





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6 comments:

  1. These are awesome ideas!! Thanks for sharing :)

    Katie
    Dirty Hands & Lesson Plans

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  2. Oh...love these! This past year we graphed our fact results...and my kids loved seeing how they improved from week to week! It was very motivating for them!

    Jessica
    The Polka-dotted Teacher

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  3. Great idea. Thanks for sharing it on Manic Monday!

    Christi ツ
    Ms. Fultz’s Corner

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  4. Ooh! I love your Oops and Congratulations notes! Fabulous!
    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

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  5. I just found your blog. I'm especially interested in checking out your smartboard activities. :)

    Brynley
    Brynley's Brainstorms

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  6. Can I just say you solved a huge problem I've been having? You rock! I love this! ANNNND I'm your newest follower!

    Ms. G In Grade 3

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