Math Facts that Stick

Math Facts that Stick

Kate Snow uses direct teaching, games, and written practice to help children master and retain the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. She presents her methods in four books that should each take about six to ten weeks to complete:

Addition Facts That Stick
Subtraction Facts That Stick
Multiplication Facts That Stick
Division Facts That Stick

Parents or teachers interact with students throughout the lessons. Visual aids are used to help students visualize math facts and develop mental math skills. Games give students lots of practice to learn the facts and develop mental math skills. And students will complete a page or two of practice problems each day. (Most students should write their answers for the practice problems, but oral responses might work better for some children.) For multiplication and division, the recitation of math facts is added. 

Practice pages and their answer keys are at the back of each book. Some of the work on practice pages every day is cumulative, so students continually review what they have learned.

Before the practice pages, each book has a Game Boards section with visual aids, cards, and game boards that you will need to use. You might want to copy or print these onto cardstock since many of these items are used frequently. You are allowed to photocopy or print practice pages, visual aids, and game components for your own family members. While the four books are available as either printed books or PDFs, I think the PDFs are likely to be the most practical because you will be printing many of the pages, and you can reuse the books with younger children in the future.

Lessons in the addition and subtraction books should take about 15 minutes per day, while lessons in the multiplication and division books should take about 20 minutes per day. All four books expect that you will use the lessons five days per week.

This combination of direct teaching, visual aids, traditional looking practice pages, and the frequent use of games offers comprehensive strategies to help students master and retain their math facts.

Addition Facts That Stick

Addition Facts That Stick should take six weeks to complete. Subitizing is the primary technique that students are taught so that they can learn to visualize small numbers quickly and think in terms of adding to five or adding to ten. Subitizing is taught using a visual aid called a ten-frame, a visual aid included in the Game Boards section.

The Game Boards section also has ten-frame number strips that illustrate numbers plus game boards for Climb to the Top, Adding Nines Bingo, and Adding Eights. You will need to supply 15 small counters, a coin, game tokens, two decks of playing cards, a pencil, and paper. The card decks are used along with some of game boars as well as for the games Tens Go Fish and Addition War.

Students will complete one practice page each day, for four days per week.

Subtraction Facts That Stick

Subtraction Facts That Stick is for use with children who understand the concept of subtraction but who cannot answer problems automatically.  It should take about eight weeks to complete.

The book groups instruction around strategies rather than teaching math facts in numerical order. Just as in the addition book, the ten-frame (on paper) is used to help students quickly visualize number relationships.

In addition to the book, you will need 20 small counters, a coin, two game tokens, one deck of playing cards, one die, and paper and pencil. Toward the back of the book, the Game Boards section includes a ten-frames page, ten-frame number strips, and number cards, plus game boards for Tic-Tac-Toe, Climb to the Top, Subtracting Nines, Subtracting Eights Bingo, Roll and Cover, and Subtraction Crash game boards. The card deck is used with most of the game boards, and it is also used to play Neighbor Number Memory. The games are little more sophisticated than those in the addition book since it is likely to be used for a slightly older group of children.

The game boards are followed 32 reproducible practice pages and their answer keys. Students will complete 1 practice page per day for four days per week.

Multiplication Facts That Stick

Multiplication Facts That Stick should take about ten weeks to complete. Children learn multiplication facts up through 10 x 10, learning the easier times tables first. The entire tenth week is dedicated to the review of all math facts

As with the other books, children learn through direct instruction, games, and written practice, but they also practice multiplication by recitation. You will need to supply 20 small counters, a deck of playing cards, two dice, paper, and pencil.

The primary visual aid used to teach multiplication is a ten-by-ten dot array and an L-shaped cover that you slide over the array to show different sized arrays such as five rows with eight per row. Ten-frames are also used in many lessons.

Children will first recite a times table as they simultaneously move the L-shaped cover over the array. Gradually they start to recite from memory in a traditional fashion.

Students complete two practice pages each day; there are 100 practice pages altogether.

The game board section of this book has the ten-by-ten dot array, the L-shaped cover, and game boards for Multiplication Race/ Bump, Four in a Row, Roll and Cover, and Over Under. The game board section includes 36 different pages with game boards since there are variations of many of the games that are used only with individual times tables. The card deck is used along with some of the game boards and for Multiplication War. Students will play more than one of these games each week to provide different vehicles for practicing math facts.

Because of the extra game boards and the large number of practice pages, this book has over 400 pages.

Division Facts That Stick

Division Facts That Stick should take ten weeks to complete. It builds on the child’s knowledge of the multiplication facts. As in the multiplication book, most lessons incorporate direct teaching, recitation of a math fact table, one or more games, and practice pages. There are 100 practice pages─two per day.

This book includes a ten-by-ten dot array and L-shaped cover like those used for multiplication. You will also need 25 small counters, a deck of playing cards, a die, two game tokens, a coin, a paper clip, a pencil, and paper.

The first lesson begins with a review of multiplication and an introduction of the concept of division as backward multiplication. Children play Multiplication War as part of their review.

The game boards are for Three in a Row, Race to the Top, Treasure Hunt, Connect the Boxes, Spin to Win, Finish Line, Division Bump, Climb and Slide, Four in a Row, and Review Bingo. There are multiple versions of some game boards to use with different fact families. Some of these games are really ingenious! For instance, Climb and Slide reminds me of Chutes and Ladders™ with division facts on each space.

Pricing Information

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List prices:
Addition and Subtraction books: print - $18.95 each, PDF - $14.99 each
Multiplication and Division books: print - $21.95 each, PDF - $16.99 each

Addition Facts that Stick: Help Your Child Master the Addition Facts for Good in Just Six Weeks (Facts That Stick)

Addition Facts that Stick: Help Your Child Master the Addition Facts for Good in Just Six Weeks (Facts That Stick)

Subtraction Facts that Stick: Help Your Child Master the Subtraction Facts for Good in Just Eight Weeks (Facts That Stick)

Subtraction Facts that Stick: Help Your Child Master the Subtraction Facts for Good in Just Eight Weeks (Facts That Stick)

Multiplication Facts That Stick: Help Your Child Master the Multiplication Facts for Good in Just Ten Weeks (Facts That Stick)

Multiplication Facts That Stick: Help Your Child Master the Multiplication Facts for Good in Just Ten Weeks (Facts That Stick)

Division Facts That Stick: Help Your Child Master the Division Facts for Good in Just Ten Weeks (Facts That Stick)

Division Facts That Stick: Help Your Child Master the Division Facts for Good in Just Ten Weeks (Facts That Stick)
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  • Need For Parent/Teacher Instruction: high
  • Grade Level: grades 1-5
  • Suitable For: group or one-on-one
  • Educational Approaches: classical, eclectic, traditional
  • Educational Methods: activities, critical thinking, game, hands-on, interactive, memorization
  • Technology: PDF

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