Setting Up Fast Fact Folders

I am SO excited to share with you today the system I have been using the past few years for my students to practice their math facts daily. It’s called Fast Fact Folders. It provides differentiated practice with options to track progress. My students have LOVED practicing their facts this way and have found great success.
How to get started:
  • Administer one of the placement quizzes
  • Score the quiz to identify which level to start on
What is great about this program is its flexibility to fit with you and your students’ needs. You can use it daily in class as a whole group, as a center or independent activity or send home to use as homework. Since students are only practicing for 1 minute, after initial set up, modeling and guided practice, students can use their fast fact folder on their own for quick, focused practice.
Each student has their own individual folder
Students will be practicing using a dry erase marker on the Fast Fact page kept in a sheet protector. This is to help cut back on copies since the page can be used for practice every day for as long as you need. This program includes flexibility to decide how long you want your student to work on that set of math facts.
    • Pros: most differentiated, private goal-setting, can be used for homework, once set up, minimal upkeep for the remainder of the year
    • Cons: takes extra time to set up initially, class set of supplies
Partner Folders
In this set up, students share a folder with a partner. They have their individual practice sheet in the 
folder along with their goal tracking sheet. They can work together to practice–taking turns timing one another and support each other in filling out their tracking sheets. Or, they can practice independently and just pass the folder along to the partner when they are done.
  • Pros: half the supplies, partner support, quicker to set up
  • Cons: less private, takes a little longer to practice as partners
Group Folders
           In this set up, students share a folder with multiple people. I used this set up last year during guided math centers. Fact fluency was its own center so during that time, students retrieved their folder from the bin to practice with a partner who was also using the same folder.  This takes some careful planning in order to ensure that you don’t have more than two students in a group that share one folder. (For example, in group A I might have 6 students. But no more than 2 of them are using the same folder.) But, it cuts way down on supplies and set-up. When they were finished with their 1 minute daily practice, they played a flashcard game for the remainder of the time.
  • Pros: less supplies and set up, partner support, still differentiated with less effort
  • Cons: careful planning of groups, no privacy, cannot be used for homework
Those are three of the ways you can set up Fast Fact Folders although I am sure there are even more! No matter how you set them up, it’s important to be consistent and utilize them daily. Not sure about using Fast Fact Folders in your classroom yet?
                                 Here’s what teachers are saying about Fast Fact Folders:
This is a great resource to send home for kiddos to practice with! I think it will also be beneficial to use during guided math also.” -Whoo’s Teaching Third
 
This has been so helpful when I have needed to quickly assess my first grade students. It has also helped with motivation!” -Flourishing in First Grade
“This resource works so wonderfully to help students with their fact fluency. It holds them accountable and helps them reach their goals!” – Lauren H.
 
Fantastic! My classroom is beyond excited when we do it! I also love the fact that I can differentiate!” – Andrea Z.
            These folders are available in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. You can buy them individually or bundled. Check them out in my TpT store here: Fast Fact Folders
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