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Make-Your-Own Flash Cards


Today's Snack: Break two graham crackers into fourths. Frost seven of the eight of them with a little prepared cake frosting. Stack the eight pieces on top of each other. Open your mouth as wide as you can, and eat your stack! Wash it down with a big glass of milk.





Colored cardstock, cut in 2" x 3" squares - at least 50 squares


One 1" loose-leaf binder ring



The best thing you can do to get good at math is to memorize the basic math facts so that you know the answers immediately - and 100% correct.


Use these cards to make yourself a set of flash cards that you can flip through from time to time on some of the basic math facts that you want to make automatic.


Choose addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division facts, and make yourself a set of flip-cards that you can test yourself with, or have someone else test you.


For instance, a younger math student might write addition problems on the front of each card:


1 + 7


On the back of that card, write the answer: 8


On the next card:


5 + 3


On the back of that card, write the answer: 8


Try to zero in on the math facts that give you the most trouble. Maybe you're good at adding 1 + other numbers. So make your addition flash cards zero in on the 8 + ___ problems, or the 9 + ___ problems.


Or just mix it up with all the numbers.


If you're a little further along in math, you might want to put subtraction, multiplication, or division problems on your cards. Whatever extra practice you need, that's what the cards are for.


Once you get them written out, punch a hole in the upper left-hand corner of each card. Connect the whole set with the binder ring. And have fun!


By Susan Darst Williams Math 2010


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