What is Fact Practice?
The Fact Practice component of Freckle allows students to do just that: practice their math facts. Students build math fact fluency by testing their ability to recall the basic facts in all four operations, accurately and quickly. Think of Freckle Fact Practice as computerized, adaptive flash cards.
Students can practice their math facts up to twice a day.
Once on the Fact Practice screen, students can select the first box and solve the first fact by using the number keys to enter their answer. Selecting the Enter or return keys on the keyboard to submit each answer will move them through Fact Practice. There is no need to select each box.
Students earn coins for correct answers, just as they do in the Independent Practice program. The coin amounts are randomized and are in no way associated with the difficulty of the fact. Students gain immediate feedback after answering each math fact and are shown correct solutions if they answer incorrectly.
What math operations will a student see in Fact Practice?
The default behavior for Fact Practice depends on a student's grade level.
Students will begin with simple examples of each operation. They can "level up" each operation by scoring 100% for three sessions in a row. If a student scores less than 60% on an operation, their next session will have a simplified set of questions for that operation. For example, a student who does well on Addition and Subtraction questions but scores low on Multiplication questions will have their Multiplication complexity reduced.
Students will not "unlock" new operations by advancing in a different one. For example, a 2nd-grade student cannot independently move to Multiplication and Division by reaching the highest level of Subtraction.
This document details the specific progression of each Fact Practice operation.
How can I change which operations a student is working on?
On the Dashboard Settings page, Premium Math teachers can now choose which operations each student sees in independent Fact Practice.
- In the sidebar on the left, select Roster.
- Find and select the name of the student you want to change settings for.
- On the Edit Student page, select the Dashboard Settings tab, and scroll down to the "Show/Hide Fact Practice Operations for this student" section.
- Choose which operations to show or hide for the selected student.
- Select Apply Student Settings to save your changes.
As an example, if the teacher selects addition and subtraction for an 8th-grade student, that student will see a mix of those two operations in the independent Fact Practice sessions and will no longer see integer operations or fractions.
How can I fit Fact Practice into my daily schedule?
The most common way Fact Practice is incorporated into the math block as part of the independent practice program. Fact Practice can also be done as part of the Daily Review, be incorporated into math centers, or be assigned as nightly homework. Since Fact Practice is relatively quick, students can practice any time they have a few minutes to jump on a computer or iPad.