# A Better Use for Flashcards

It’s the end of the year, and I’ve been out helping the grade levels with their math materials inventory. One thing I ran across in a couple of the planning rooms was flashcards. In the scheme of all things CRA, flashcards are totally abstract. They do not foster an understanding of the facts presented. So how do you use the flashcards for more effective learning? Take it back to the concrete and representational stages. I created two little recording sheets you could use in workstations–one for addition facts and another for multiplication. Students choose a flashcard, use counters to model it, and then draw a representation of the fact. Easy peasy!! The more you start to think in the CRA framework, the more natural activities like this will come to you.

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1. This is a great resource!! Thanks for sharing!

1. Donna Boucher says:

Thanks, Lisa!

1. Donna Boucher says:

You’re welcome, Amy! I just hate to see materials go to waste, so I wanted to find a good use for the flashcards.

Donna

2. Donna,

Thank you so much! I’m going to use the addition facts worksheet with my first graders.

1. Donna Boucher says:

Perfect!! Glad it’s something you can use. ๐

Donna

3. Mary manaher says:

Donna-

We love your site. You have some awesome ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Mary Manaher
Professional Tutoring Services

1. Donna Boucher says:

It’s my pleasure! ๐

4. Thanks so much, Donna. I love the idea of going beyond the memorization of the facts!!

1. Donna Boucher says:

Right, it’s so important that they understand. And this is such an easy activity!

5. Linda Downs says:

OK, this is a great activity for tomorrow. We are working on addition! Thanks.

1. Donna Boucher says:

Yea! I love activities that feature good math, and require so little prep that you can do them the next day!

6. Helena Jones says:

Thank you! Our AC had given us flash cards last year, but we were not sure how to fit them into a center. These sheets are perfect. Students can use them as a template for their math journals.

7. Tchur8 says:

love this! I’m going to use when teaching arrays or during math enrichment. My thoughts are to use bingo markers…if they’re not to big for the dots. Thanks

1. Donna Boucher says:

Oh, that sounds like a good idea. The kiddos would love it!

1. Donna Boucher says:

Perfect!

8. Janet says:

I love this idea! It is a great way to extend the use of flashcards! Thank you!! On your multiplication worksheet your picture, however, does not match your multiplication problem. Your picture shows 5×3 not 3×5. The first number is how many groups there are and the second number shows how many are in those groups. This is a common core standard that is now being taught and stressed in our math classes. Thank you again! I love this idea and plan on using it.

1. Donna Boucher says:

Thanks for the feedback, Janet. I changed the multiplication fact to match the problem shown!

9. snowdoll says:

I was wondering what to do with those flashcards:) Thanks for this great idea & free recording sheet.

1. Donna Boucher says: