I don’t know about you, but I love Fridays. There’s something about the happiness of a Friday that makes us as teachers change things up a little bit. In my 2nd grade classroom we always had “Free Choice Friday” for the last 20 minutes of the day, but in the morning, I wanted a new tradition. That’s when I started with Fact Fluency Friday! Plus, I’m sharing a free board game you can download at the end of this post!
While I’ll share how I did this with 2nd grade, you can start Fact Fluency Fridays at ANY grade! The 2nd grade standards require students to build addition and subtraction fluency to 20, so that’s what all of our games focused on. If you’re a different grade level, just use your own fact fluency standards!
What is Fact Fluency Friday?
Fact Fluency Friday is an engaging, meaningful way to start Fridays with your students. It gives students a chance to practice their math facts in a fun way with friends! I always held Fact Fluency Fridays as the very first activity my students did when they arrived in the morning. However, if that’s not an option in your classroom, you could try it as a fun 10-12 minute way to start or end your math block.
Materials for Fact Fluency Friday
I’m all about LOW prep, so I love board games, card games, and memory games that I can reuse. I try not to include any games with recording sheets, but I do have a few partner board games where students use crayons to color and find math facts. Those typically are fine because I can run a ton of copies at once and be good to go for awhile.
Here are some of the games I’ve used! You can click on an image to get the link to the game! Scroll to the bottom of this post to get the math checkers board games for free!
Managing Fact Fluency Friday
Because I held mine during morning arrival time, students quickly found a buddy, chose a game, and went off to play. Students were not allowed to sit and wait for a friend to arrive because they could be waiting for awhile! They had to find someone who was also ready to play at the same time. Depending on the game, I limited them to three students maximum.
Because some board games are quicker than others, students were allowed to switch out their games ONCE. That meant that they could play two different games, if they had time, during Fact Fluency Friday. I like to make it easy on myself, so I set out the games on a table and students could choose freely.
Get Started in Your Classroom
I hope you’re ready to start Fact Fluency Friday in your classroom! If you you want to start, compile all of your fact fluency centers and games and pull out the ones you know your students love. You only need a few games to get started; you can always add more later!
Do you need some fact fluency games to get you started? You can grab these 4 math checkers board games in my Resource Library! Just leave your email below to get the Resource Library password (for TONS of resources) and get these games in your inbox!