I was asked how I handle math facts. Well... I do believe that my kiddos need to memorize the basic math facts in order to be successful with double digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping...so... I start PIG Math the first week of school! I usually expect my students to write in their best handwriting on their assignments, however, they can be little pigs on PIG Writing. They are writing as fast as they can... so I don't expect great handwriting, however, I have to be able to read it :) (Hence, the name... PIG Math)
PIG Math takes 30 seconds to complete. I take 30 seconds before the timing for the kids to practice one time through with their PIG Phones.
"Pig Phones in the air... ready, set go (30 seconds)... PIG phones down... PIG pencils up (in the air to show me everyone is ready) "Go, PIG writers (30 seconds)... STOP! PIG pencils in the air... honesty counts! Drop your pencil to the ground... pass your paper to your table leader. Let's hand them in!"
I correct the papers daily. If they get 100% or all 12 correct... I draw a star on their quiz, move their magnet (on my progress chart) and place the quiz it on their desk first thing in the morning. That way they know that they have passed the quiz and have permission to get the next quiz for that day. My kids are on all different quizzes and it's not a problem. Math facts can be individualize without being a pain for the teacher ;) I don't like to hold them all back because a few don't have the skill mastered yet. When I have an extra second or two... I pull those kiddos aside with flashcards and help them with the PIG Writing quiz they are on. My requirements for each term are:
Term 1 - +0+1+2+3+4+5 1Review
Term 2 - -1-2-3-4-5 2Review
Term 3 - +6+7+8+9+10+11 3 Review
Term 4 - -6 -7 -8 -9 -10-11 4 Review
Wow... that was a long post... sorry... if you're interested the entire year of PIG Math is at my TpT store. Good Luck!!