Teaching Tips

The 19 Math Fact Fluency games can be played by printing the available game resources and a few basic supplies such as dice, cards, and counters. See the Suggested Materials List for more information.

Many teachers create "Travel Packs" of games for easy storage or to send games home with students by placing all materials for a game in a gallon ziplock bag. Print games instructions and game pages at 80% scale, then trim to fit.

When introducing games, encourage and model mathematical discussions between players. Look at the "Game in Action" section of the Instructions pages for examples of how students might explain their thinking. Use questioning to encourage students to verbalize their thinking by asking questions such as:

  • How did you figure that out?
  • What is a strategy you might use for this problem?
  • What do you know that might help you?