Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Better Use for Flashcards


It's the end of the year, and I've been out helping the grade levels with their math materials inventory.  One thing I ran across in a couple of the planning rooms was flashcards.  In the scheme of all things CRA, flash cards are totally abstract.  They do not foster the understanding of the facts presented.  So how do you use the flashcards for more effective learning?  Take it back to the concrete and representational stages.  I created two little recording sheets you could use in workstations--one for addition facts and another for multiplication.  Students choose a flashcard, use counters to model it, and then draw a representation of the fact.  Easy peasy!!  The more you start to think in the CRA framework, the more natural activities like this will come to you.  Click on the pictures to grab your freebies!


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Fact Family Workstations, CRA
2-Digit Subtraction with Regrouping




23 comments :

  1. This is a great resource!! Thanks for sharing!

    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  2. Great Idea!!! Thanks Donna!
    Amy

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    1. You're welcome, Amy! I just hate to see materials go to waste, so I wanted to find a good use for the flashcards.

      Donna

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  3. Donna,

    Thank you so much! I'm going to use the addition facts worksheet with my first graders.

    Mona
    First Grade Schoolhouse

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    1. Perfect!! Glad it's something you can use. :)

      Donna

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  4. Donna-

    We love your site. You have some awesome ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    Mary Manaher
    Professional Tutoring Services

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  5. Thanks so much, Donna. I love the idea of going beyond the memorization of the facts!!

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    1. Right, it's so important that they understand. And this is such an easy activity!

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  6. OK, this is a great activity for tomorrow. We are working on addition! Thanks.

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    1. Yea! I love activities that feature good math, and require so little prep that you can do them the next day!

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  7. Thank you! Our AC had given us flash cards last year, but we were not sure how to fit them into a center. These sheets are perfect. Students can use them as a template for their math journals.

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  8. love this! I'm going to use when teaching arrays or during math enrichment. My thoughts are to use bingo markers...if they're not to big for the dots. Thanks

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    1. Oh, that sounds like a good idea. The kiddos would love it!

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  9. Thanks for the addition freebie. It's just what I was looking for!
    Chrissy
    First Grade Found Me

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  10. I love this idea! It is a great way to extend the use of flashcards! Thank you!! On your multiplication worksheet your picture, however, does not match your multiplication problem. Your picture shows 5x3 not 3x5. The first number is how many groups there are and the second number shows how many are in those groups. This is a common core standard that is now being taught and stressed in our math classes. Thank you again! I love this idea and plan on using it.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback, Janet. I changed the multiplication fact to match the problem shown!

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  11. I was wondering what to do with those flashcards:) Thanks for this great idea & free recording sheet.

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  12. I'm always searching for ways to involve family learning. This is a great resource to help parents understand just what we want their kinder-bears to understand and why just flashing the cards isn't the only way to learn those basic facts. Thank you!

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    1. You're welcome, Betsy! Parent involvement is so important! :)

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