The Math Facts Matter Levels

Math Fact Fluency Levels

What Are the Math Facts Matter Levels?

The Math Facts Matter Levels are smaller, more manageable increments of fact groups within operations. The levels identify the minimum mastery required for fact fluency at each grade. The levels become a learning ladder scaffolding rapid recall of facts at a much faster rate than traditional grouping methods. However, our system is flexible allowing teachers to use their preferred grouping of the facts and operations.

The Math Facts Matter Levels were developed by Kathy Robinson, an award-winning classroom teacher, and entrepreneur. Robinson has spent years studying multi-sensory memory and its impact on brain development. 

The Math Facts Matter methods and strategies quickly identified her as a lead teacher and business owner earning awards, respect, and recognition while helping students to excel. 

With a desire to help other educators improve their mathematics programs and see the same excellent results, she further developed the Math Facts Matter tools and resources making them available to districts, schools, teachers, and families. Alternative schools, colleges and workforce centers also utilize Math Facts Matter.

 

Oklahoma State Approved

The Math Facts Matter Levels and methods are approved by the Oklahoma Department of Education and are on the State Adopted List.

It is accepted and recommended to schools as a trusted and effective means of educating students in the way of math fact fluency. 

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Addition and Subtraction

Repeating the pattern of teaching sums followed by their inverse group results in a more intuitive adding and breaking apart of numbers. Students more readily identify relationships between facts and are better prepared for success with mental math. Storing addition AND subtraction facts from the same level group prepares students to move fluidly and bi-directionally on the number line.

Once a group of sums (i.e. 0-5) and their inverse facts are stored in long-term memory, learners will have an epiphany regarding fact families. When they have met all the fact members within the family, you will hear them declare, “Oh, they are related…like a family!” Your response will be, “YES! Finally!!” Telling them million-plus times will not matter until they have experiential knowledge of fact family members.

The Math Facts Matter Levels are designed to speed up learning and memorization by targeting all the facts in a fact family.  When all the facts in the family become known facts, they are rapidly retrieved and released by the frontal lobes. If the facts are not stored in long-term memory, there is nothing to retrieve making fact practice frustrating and futile. Multi-sensory memorization is the best strategy for storing facts.

Level 0: Sums 0 – 5

Level 1: Inverse 0 – 5, Sums 6 – 10

Level 2: Inverse 6 – 10, Sums 11 – 15 

Level 3: Inverse 11 – 15, Sums 16 – 20

Level 4: Inverse 16 – 20, Addition 11s – 12s

Level 5: Inverse 11s – 12s

Addition Facts Chart

Addition Facts Chart

Subtraction Facts Chart

Subtraction Facts Chart


Multiplication and Division

As students master a level of multiplication facts, they should immediately begin a study of the inverse facts. Introducing the levels in this prescribed manner speeds up the way the brain receives and stores the facts preparing them to rapidly move forward and backward on the number line with fluidity. 

It is commonly thought among educators that students with mastery of multiplication can divide by just flipping known multiplication facts. Research challenges that thought. Addition and multiplication are stored together in the brain since multiplication is rapid addition.

However, subtraction and division are stored together but separate from addition and multiplication. Therefore, students can only master subtraction and division when they are caught because they were taught…not by default of knowing addition and multiplication.

The Math Facts Matter Levels are designed to smoothly and quickly transition the student from addition and subtraction into multiplication and division.  NOTE:  Addition is an absolute prerequisite to multiplication. Students struggling with multiplication, regardless of their age, should first master addition.  

Level 3: Multiplication 0s – 2s

Level 4: Division 0s – 2s, Multiplication 3s – 5s

Level 5: Division 3s – 5s, Multiplication 6s – 10s

Level 6: Division 6s – 10s, Multiplication 11s – 12s

Level 7: Division 11s – 12s

Multiplication Facts Chart

Multiplication Facts Chart

Division Facts Chart

Division Facts Chart
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