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Basic Math Facts and the Common Core State Standards
06/3/12

While mastery of basic math facts has always been considered an important goal for elementary-level students, a Common Core State Standards approach to the teaching of math facts places a strong emphasis on understanding the operations, developing strategies based on patterns and properties, and then working toward fluency. This approach ensures that students develop number sense and an understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division prior to memorizing facts.
Standards related to math facts are in the domain Operations and Algebraic Thinking. Refer to the strategies and activities in Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Addition and Subtraction (O’Connell and SanGiovanni, Heinemann, http://www.heinemann.com/products/E02963.aspx) to address the following standards in the Operations and Algebraic Thinking domain: K.OA.1, K.OA.2, K.OA.3, K.OA.4, K.OA.5, 1.OA.1, 1.OA.2, 1.OA.3, 1.OA.4, 1.OA.5, 1.OA.6, 1.OA.7, 1.OA.8, 2.OA.1, 2.OA.2.
Try Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Multiplication and Division (O’Connell and SanGiovanni, Heinemann, http://www.heinemann.com/products/E02962.aspx) for activities that address the following standards: 3.OA.1, 3.OA.2, 3.OA.3, 3.OA.4, 3.OA.5, 3.OA.6, 3.OA.7, 3.OA.8, 3.OA.9.
These books offer a comprehensive approach to mastering math facts and provide classroom-tested ideas and a CD filled with classroom resources including teaching tools, hands-on lessons, literature links, small-group activities, templates for interactive games that promote fact fluency, and assessment tools.