# The Math Facts Matter Levels

#### What Are the Math Facts Matter Levels?

The Math Facts Matter Levels arrange all of the facts and operations into smaller, more manageable increments.  The levels become guides identifying minimum mastery required for fact fluency for each grade. The levels become a learning ladder propelling rapid recall 0f facts at a much faster rate than traditional methods.

The Math Facts Matter Levels were developed by Kathy Robinson, an award-winning classroom teacher, and entrepreneur with years in researching memory and its impact on brain development.  The Math Facts Matter methods and strategies quickly led her to become a lead teacher and business owner earning awards, respect, and recognition for helping students to excel.

Desiring to help other teachers and schools 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.

##### 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.

The mastery of sums 0 to 5 prepares the learner to know the differences. When the sums 0 to 5 and their inverse facts are known facts, learners will have an epiphany regarding fact families and will fluidly move bidirectionally on the number line. Continuing the pattern of teaching sums and then the differences results in a more intuitive adding and breaking apart of numbers because their relationships are more readily identified.

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 best received and stored by the brain.

Level 0: Sums 0 – 5

Level 1: Differences 0 – 5, Sums 6 – 10

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

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

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

Level 5: Subtraction 11s – 12s

#### Multiplication and Division

The same issues with memorization and fluency that students have with learning addition and subtraction facts as traditionally taught also applies with multiplication and division.

Students mastering a level of multiplication facts should follow these known facts with a study of their inverse facts. Introducing the levels in a prescriptive manner speeds up the way the brain receives and stores the facts preparing them to rapidly retrieve and release.

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