I started number writing fluency charts with my students last year closer to the end of the year with amazing results. After introducing teen numbers this year and then the twenties, I saw so many confusions...backwards numbers, incorrectly formed numbers, numbers reversed and even upside down! I knew that it was time for an intervention on number fluency, but I also knew that the majority of my class wasn't ready for a blank 100s chart either! So, I created booklets for them to start at their own level and increase as they are ready...it has only been a week and my students rapid number identification, number writing fluency and number sense has increased SIGNIFICANTLY! I can't say for sure what the reason behind it is, but this process works like a charm...it is a no pressure, no risk involved procedure that my students are LOVING.
I gave all of my students a blank 20s chart, along with a completed chart to create my baseline (copied on legal sized paper vertically, but could be arranged in any way that works for you). First, I asked if anyone wanted the challenge of writing the numbers absolutely perfect without peeking at the number chart and then I simply fold the number chart back. Then I monitor all of the children and decide which book they will get based on my observations. Many bumped up to the Race to 50 book, but most started at the Race to 20 book. Even though they could write the numbers to 20, they need to be able to do it quickly and without the use of the numbers chart.
The students are so motivated to bump up books, but yet don't look at it as a competition with anyone but themself. All of the books look essentially the same, so none of the children are really aware what "level" their peers are working at.
I have already sent 3 kindergarten students to the principal because they have written their numbers to 100 perfectly and fluently (any ideas where I can go next with these smarties??) and will be sending a few more this week. Most students have graduated into the race to 50 booklet and, let's face it, once they get the pattern up to 50, going to 100 is nothing!
You can check out my freebie for Race to 100 here or, if you are interested in a more differentiated approach for your class, you can get more information about the kit that will help you with this by clicking on the picture below.
I will post pictures of my students' amazing progress as soon as I remember to take the pictures! Promise!
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