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Tools for Success: Math Facts

Knowledge of basic math facts is an important factor for success in mathematics. Often students who are experiencing difficulty in mathematics are students who have not mastered the basic math facts at a speed and accuracy rate that allows them to complete calculations efficiently and accurately. Students who are dependent on counting on their fingers or on the use of counters often lose track of the flow of multi-step problem solving.

The focus of Tools for Success is on specific direct instruction strategies and repeated practice for learning basic math facts that teachers, parents, and homework providers can use to increase student success in mathematics. This basic fact program is non-age specific and may be used each year to “tune-up” students’ basic fact skills as they review and learn more about computation. A 15 minute daily routine of oral math fact drill offers students consistent practice that is efficient, interesting, and motivating.

Tools for Success requires that students reach mastery of a specific set of facts orally before moving to the next level of the program. Written tests are administered after a student has mastered Level Z of any operation. Student practice books provide a consistent and easy to use format.

Program Components

  • Teacher Guide with blackline masters for Individual Student Progress Chart, placement tests, written mastery tests, home/school communication notes, and certificate of achievement.
  • Reusable student practice books—one book for each operation

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