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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Flurries of Fact Fluency!

The kids love this activity and it's a fun way for us to build our mental math strategies.  I give each kid 2-3 sheets which we crumple into "snowballs".  Then we go over reminders about careful and safe run for our snowball fight.  Then the fun begins the kids start tossing their snowballs around the room.  Everyone tries to catch a snowball or find one that's fallen and then un-crumbles it and solves the problem as quick as they can. They record each problem on their snowman and "build their snowman" one problem at a time. I usually copy the snowman front and back.For the next 30 min we have our own little snowstorm of mental math facts.  The kids have a ball :) and get great practice on their fact fluency!

+/- Snowball problems no regrouping
+/- Snowball problems with regrouping
Snowman recording Sheet

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