"Trying to do mathematics without knowing basic number facts is like trying to play the piano without knowing where the notes are."
- John Mighton - The End of Ignorance
As a sixth grade teacher, I devoted at least 25% of every lesson to improving my students’ number sense through Sprints, skip counting, and sequenced call-response drills.
Developing student fluency is a major component of a successful elementary school Math program.
While there is no hard fast rule, I recommend that teachers devote the following percentages of class time to fluency:
First Grade: 30-35%
Second grade: 30-35%
Third grade: 25-30%
Fourth grade: 25-30%
Fifth grade: 25-30%