Looking for a way to make learning fun while practicing basic math facts? Here are 30+ fall math worksheets to get your students excited to practice their fact fluency. They’ll be well on their way to basic fact fluency success!
What is math fact fluency?
Simply put, math fact fluency is the ability to recall basic math facts – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – quickly and accurately. Which math facts your students need to practice depends on the grade level. It starts with ways to make ten and adding to five in kindergarten and goes through division in fourth and fifth grade.
Why build fact fluency?
I’m just going to cut to the chase. Traditional worksheets provided in curriculum can be downright boring. To drive it home, the curriculum my previous school used had practice worksheets that contained row after row of addition and subtraction problems. Students were timed every day on their ability to recall these facts quickly (in under 3 seconds) in order to master these skills.
Don’t get me wrong! There’s nothing wrong with having my second graders complete 25-50 problems on a sheet to test their mastery. It’s important to build math fact fluency so children can focus on being able to solve more difficult math skills, like problem solving or word problems (and later on, algebra and geometry).
However, there is definitely something wrong with the method of using the same boring worksheets every day. Students need to relate to what they are learning and be invested. Or at the very least, they need to be excited about completing the activity, however you make that happen. Let’s face it, sometimes we have to get pretty creative about our delivery!
How do you teach math fact fluency?
- Digital math games, such as Xtramath or IXL
- Partner or small group games with playing cards or flashcards like War or Kaboom!
- Self-checking puzzles and activities (Color by code, for example)
- Number talks during morning meeting or before a math lesson
- Mental math practice – i.e. timed worksheets
Why fall math worksheets?
One way we can increase student engagement is to take what is happening in the world around them and apply it to what they are learning in the classroom. For young children, that means it can be as simple as doing the same activities, but with different themes. For example, the changes of the seasons, holidays, pets, unicorns, or even dinosaurs. After all, I haven’t met a young child who wasn’t interested in dinosaurs!
I talk more about this in my blog post How to Increase Student Engagement Using Unicorns and Other Themes. You can find specific examples of fall math worksheets below.
Fall Fact Practice Worksheets
Cool Fall Math Activities
Rachel from You’ve Got This Math lists a bunch of different fall math worksheets on her blog. In particular, she provides 10 resources to build basic math fact fluency through addition and subtraction practice. My favorite one is Fill in the Missing Number Using A Number Line. It’s a fun way to practice filling in a missing addend, which can be difficult for many students. They’re used to practicing math facts where you provide the sum or difference. Take out one of the addends or minuends and it’s a whole different beast.
For this activity, I printed out the free number line mats, addition cards, and pumpkins that are included. In the directions, she suggests attaching a magnet to the back of each pumpkin for students to use on a magnetic tray. I recommend printing them on cardstock. Or you can glue them to a piece of colored construction paper and laminate the mats for durability. Rather than using the pumpkins that were included, I had pumpkin erasers the children could use to solve each equation.
You can find all of the fall math worksheets in her post 30+ FREE, Cool Fall Math Activities for Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade. These are great worksheets that you can use all season to increase student fact fluency success.
Fall Math Worksheets for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Grade
Woo! Jr. has a fall math addition worksheet you can print directly to your printer. You can find it in their post Fall Math Worksheets For 1st, 2nd & 3rd Grade. They have many more math worksheets for fall (160 pages) that you can download. For example, the worksheets include various other activities such as skip counting, rounding, and printable dominoes.
Autumn Themed Math Pages
Kidzone has a variety of worksheets (18+ pages) to practice all sorts of addition and subtraction with their Autumn Themed Math Pages. You can search by grade level or skill to find exactly what you’re looking for. These are great options if you’re looking for free resources. When I first started teaching I used these because they were free. There are so many other resources out there now so it really is up to the time and budget you’re wanting to spend.
More Fall Worksheets
For more fall-themed worksheets, check out these print-and-go resources:
- Fall Math Worksheets and Game Bundle
- Fall Math Addition Fact Fluency to 20
- Fall Subtraction Math Fact Fluency from 10
- Smiley Math Addition Fact Fluency (Addition to 5)
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Looking for other amazing posts about various math topics from other teacher authors? Check them out:
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- 5 Nifty Math Activities for a Terrific First Day of Kindergarten
- 3 Easy Tips for Awesome Math Talks
This epic blog post was written as part of a 30 day blogging challenge from CEO Teacher School creator Kayse Morris, a teacher and mentor just like us! You can read more about starting a teacher blog at 7 Helpful Tips on How to Blog Like a Boss. If you’re a teacher that already has your own blog and you’re interested in trading some teacher tips, please email me at email@example.com. I’d love to connect with you!