Why learn in Fact Families?
Fact Families are another way to learn multiplication and division facts, or to review them once learned. 2 x 1, 1 x 2, 2 ÷ 1, and 2 ÷ 2 make up such a family. Fact families are divided into two parts. This is the first part and includes facts up to 4 x 5 = 20. The second part goes on from 21 with 7 x 3 = 21 and larger facts.
How do students learn?
Students practice orally with a partner, reading and answering the facts going around the outside of the sheet. The partner has the answer key. Then the two students switch roles. After practice everyone takes a one minute test on the facts in the box–which are only the facts learned up to this level. Each student has individual goals based on writing speed, but no one can pass a level if there are any errors. You must give the special Writing Speed Test to set individual goals for your students.
Students should be able to pass a level in a week, if they practice the right way. Below you can see the sequence of facts that will be learned in the Mult & Division Fact Families to 20 program. The program uses the four forms–that can be found in the forms and information drawer.
The most succinct way to be introduced to this program is this 8 minute video.
Fact Families make an excellent review
If students have learned the 0 to 9s multiplication and division facts, this makes an excellent review. Students will find this first part very easy, but the second part will really help them build up their fluency.