Are you looking for a more efficient way to help students master basic fact fluency besides programs that need to be hand-graded? XtraMath.org is a free nonprofit site that helps students master fact fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
It only takes a few minutes to set up your class, and all you need is a teacher email and your students’ first names. Xtra Math will generate a unique four-digit pin number for each student and gives you a printable form with all the pin numbers. You’ll probably want your students to write down their pin numbers in their math workbooks or somewhere that’s easily accessible.
You can create a link to Xtra Math on your classroom website or bookmark it on your classroom computers. Students simply select their name from the class list (as shown in the picture) and enter their pin number to get started. It only takes a few minutes to complete a session and only one session per day is recommended. The students can see their progress instantly, which helps to motivate them.
I love Xtra Math because once you get your class into a routine, it basically does all the work for you. It generates detailed reports of each student’s progress and also class summaries so you can see how your class is doing overall. Xtra Math emails weekly progress reports to you so you don’t even need to log in to see how your students are doing.
I had Xtra Math up all year on my classroom website so that students could also practice their facts from home because, let’s face it, many students aren't getting enough fact practice at home.
This was the first year I used Xtra Math and I noticed a HUGE difference in my students’ fact fluency. As we all know, students need to master these foundational skills before they can master fractions, decimals and all the other higher-level math skills.
If you want to explore Xtra Math this summer without having to sign up, head on over to the site where they have videos explaining everything in depth.