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A strategy to teach elementary students for increased math fact fluency.

Problem: My students spent so much time counting on to add.  It’s not efficient!

Solution: While there are a variety of strategies for adding, one of my most recent discoveries is what I call the “in betweens” strategy.  Here’s how it works:

 

An easy strategy that boosts math fact fluency, try this in your 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade class

 

When you see two addends that only have one number in between them….

 

An easy strategy that boosts math fact fluency, try this in your 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade class
 
You take the in between number and double it.

 

An easy strategy that boosts math fact fluency, try this in your 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade class
 
Here is why it works:

 

An easy strategy that boosts math fact fluency, try this in your 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade class
When you move a cube from the bigger number to the smaller number, you get a simple doubles fact!
Easy, right?!?  Where was that one when I was a kid?

 

Want to encourage your students to use efficient strategies for adding and subtracting? Check out my addition and subtraction strategies posters (9 posters, including the “in betweens” strategy) over at Teachers Pay Teachers:

 

addition and subtraction strategy posters ($) for 1st and 2nd grade math classrooms

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Hannah Braun is a former teacher with 8 years of experience in the classroom and a master's degree in early childhood education. She designs engaging, organized classroom resources for 1st-3rd grade teachers.

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