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Monday, December 21, 2015

Make-Your-Own Math Flashcards
 Use these fun flashcard templates to help students review basic math facts. Then have them scramble the cards or grab a partner to play math review games.  We've included a few multiplication problems on some of the gift tags. Feel free to add whichever basic math facts your students need to practice. (Addition, subtraction, division, fractions, decimals, percentages, etc.) Or hand out a sheet of empty gift tags to each student and let the students make their own basic fact cards. Each student can choose the basic facts or math problems he or she needs to review the most. Download the patterns from our website. Print the gift tags onto cardboard or card stock, if you wish.

 Students can print the answers on the back of the tags.  You can show your students how to make their own electronic flashcards using Powerpoint, Google Slides or Keynote on their computers and then bring the flashcards up on their desktop for review each day.  If you have computers in your room, let your students create slides so the first slide has the problem and the next one shows the solution. Continue until they have covered the facts you'd like your students to practice. Then have them use the slides as electronic flashcards for bell work or math warm-ups at the beginning of your class. Divide the students into pairs, with each pair on a computer or sharing a tablet. Have them scroll through the slides. Let one student in each pair read the problem when it appears. Have the other student try to solve the problem before showing the next slide. Show the slide. Let each student try to increase the correct number of problems he can solve out of 20 (or within a certain time period).

 The student tries to drag the problem and correct answer on top of each other as quickly as possible. When the clock runs out, the student tries to beat his/her personal best time for the next round. Lakeshore Learning has a flashcard template you can use to print paper flashcards for your students to use for additional practice. You or your students type in the problems in the lefthand column and the answers in the righthand column, print the cards, cut them out, and fold them on the broken lines to make flashcards. (See the sample on the right.) Flashcard template from Lakeshore Learning
 Math Flashcards Math Aids has a variety of flashcard templates you can customize (4 cards per page, 2 per page, addition to number 10, etc.) for your students. You can also choose from telling time, identifying U.S. coins or bills, roman numerals, shapes, and recognizing numbers, as well as problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. These flashcards are especially recommended for Kindergarten through third grade students. Math Fact Cafe has electronic flashcards and math fact sheets by grade level for Grades 1-4. These flashcards cover addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. You can choose to add or subtract zero, ones, twos, nines, or a mix of number being right or wrong. In this mode, after each answer is typed iners. You can choose to show confirmation of the answ, the student gets feedback such as "good," "excellent," or "bummer."

 After completing 20 problems, the flashcards are all shown and the ones missed are highlighted in red. The student can see the correct answers by scrolling over the red flashcards. The total correct cards and the percentage correct are shown. Scholastic has an electronic flashcard maker that lets your students type in problems and calculate answers to make flashcards. When they're done, students can test themselves using the flashcards they've created. They can also print the cards or edit the cards, if they find any mistakes. Flashcardlet (from Quizlet) is a free flashcard app with math problems (and other subject areas). If you're using a smart phone or tablet, you can also create your own. Flashcardlet gives students an easy way to study on their iPhone, iPad or iPod. Flashcardlet also allows you to search for and study Quizlet.com flashcards. Flashcardlet can be used on a tablet or smartphone
 Your students can flip through their cards and set them to move as fast or slow as they would like. Students can bookmark those cards they have trouble with. They can also limit their studying to only cards that you have starred. Students can study their cards in their original order or at random. My Math Flashcards App is a free app for mastering basic elementary math facts. It's easy to use and customizable for elementary students. It includes flashcards for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The screen looks like a calculator with a flashcard above it. Students complete 25 problems, entering their answer after each one.  My Math Flashcards App is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

 Tim Bedley, math teacher from Lake Elsinore, California, has created Video Flash Kards for his students and now offers them as an inexpensive tool for other teachers. These 8 short videos cover addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. You can choose the fast (students have 2 seconds to respond) or slow version (4 seconds). Students respond to the math fact on the screen by shouting out their answers or simply saying them aloud. If you have student responders or a clicker system in your classroom, you can have the students answer with their clickers. After the allotted time is up (2 or 4 seconds), the correct answer appears on the video with a "ding." These seven-minute videos can be played on a computer using iTunes or on an iPod. Students gain mastery in just a few views. Each video is \$2.00 and comes with a money-back guarantee. Watch a sample video here.
 Do you have a favorite way to help your students learn basic math facts? Tell us what's working with your students. Feel free to leave a comment including your favorite website links. You might also like these articles: Higher Order Word Problems for Math Students Using Number Lines in the Math Class