Best Apps for 3 Developmental Stages of Math Fact Fluency (Demo Videos Included)

Great Fact Fluency Apps for 3 Stages of (1)

Research has shown (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) that a student needs to become proficient in their computational fluency to best equip them to learn more complex math concepts. This developmental path includes three distinct stages.

Conceptual Understanding, Memory Strategies and Developing Automaticity.

Would you like some awesome apps to corollate with these three stages? You got it! ūüôā I have narrowed down my best apps for each stage. In the following months, I will share a few powerful webtools that I have used but for now, just my list of iPad apps. Most of them had a demo video review that I also included but a few did not have a demo video. (If you subscribed to my blog, then you were able to download my 78 Math app suggestions PDF that I highly recommend and have used successfully in my classroom.)


 3 Predictable Stages of Math Fact Fluency- (Apps Vary in Price based on promotions)


1. Conceptual Understanding Using manpulatives to represent to build strong number sense and counting skills with many opportunities to practice. This stage requires a variety of engaging experiences like story problems using math mats.

More or Less   More or Less Р$2.99 (This app is brand new to my this summer so it is not in my free pdf mentioned above)

I absolutely love this app! You can certainly tell when a well seasoned educator is involved in the creation of an app. It is very intuitive and the music and characters adorable. Here is the¬†Link for video demo of “More or Less” app by Marbotic

* You can fully differentiate for the needs of your students’ facts in the settings by turning on the number slides to choose the range of the result and the operands using strategies.

* You may also adjust the in three stages of activities that are represented by three chickens, easy being the chick, hen to rooster.

* Students use various learning modalities by hearing the numbers, seeing them in different colors and dragging them in the correct space.

* The beads automatically bind together when combining to make ten for place value concepts.

Other app suggestions:

Domino Ten Frame  Domino Ten Frame $.99

Quick Images  Quick Images $.99 Demo Video


Number Frames Number Frames Free  Demo Video


Subitizing Subitizing Flashcards $1.99  Demo Video

Jungle Add 1 Touch Math  Jungle Add 1 Touch Math $7.99 Demo Video

* This app is the most expensive of my collection, but truth be told, it is worth the price. I was impressed with the explicit instructions on how to “Touch” each number correctly, in order and placement of each touch! It is arranged in levels to best fit your student’s mathematical needs.


2. Memory StrategiesРUsing strategies, connections and relationships among numbers. Emphasizing accuracy over speed when beginning. This stage is where our students need more intense support. What strategy to use? Can the student explain their thinking in words, pictures or numbers?

Addimals  Teachley Addimals РFree or $1.99   Demo-  Teachley Addimals Demo Video

* This app does a great job of offering a choice of strategy as a student progresses through the activities. Super cute storyline, too!


Number Pieces Number Pieces Basic РFree  Demo Video

* I use this app to have students show me their flexible thinking around numbers. It also includes a writable whiteboard background for writing numbers in standard, word, expanded form or using the place value blocks. My kids screenshot their work to save in their Google Drive or Dropbox folder.


3.  Developing AutomaticityРrecall immediately/automaticity

timed test arcade¬†Timed Test Arcade¬†$1.99 –¬†Timed Test Arcade Demo Video

The Lite/free version only tracks and practices addition.

* This app is my heaviest hitting data collector for fact fluency. My kids take a screen shot of their test results and save it to their Google drive or shared Dropbox folder for parents to see at home. It allows the teacher to have a great amount of control over the range and time of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The Lite/free version only tracks and practices addition. Here is a screen shot of the customization of options inside the settings of the home screen.

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Door 24 Plus Door 24 Plus РFree  Demo Starts at time- 1:53


Crackers and Goo Crackers & Goo $2.99 Demo Video


Number Bond Blasters Number Bond Blasters РFree


Know your Math Facts   Know Your Math FactsРFree  Demo

By the way…..

Here is the Google Slide displayed during our Math Stations for the beginning of the year. We are basically focusing on Number sense strategies for my below and on level students.

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Awesome Digital Lesson Planning –

Online Lesson Planning

Lesson plans,…have you ever wondered what percentage of our day, our week, our careers are based on developing and executing our lesson plans? Would it be safe to say that great lesson plans are a necessary evil to great lessons? So, finding a system and format that works best for us is crucial to our success in our classrooms.

My solution?¬† I have used this online lesson planning tool for the last five years and I have loved it! The best part is when I set up my plans for the upcoming year, all I have to do is select -“Copy” to that upcoming year and everything transfers! Now, I realize that no one does everything the same but it is so wonderful to have last year’s plans as a menu to see what I did last year so I can make improvements to my plans. In past years, I would spend hours each week studying and copying the best parts of my previous year’s handwritten plans to the upcoming year. So now, all I need to do is refine those changes to reflect the improvements. When I have a sub, I can copy or attach to the sub request, that days’ plans with an attachment or a link imbedded. My student teacher was able to access in view only mode to see my plans as well. For a $12.00 a year subscription you can:

This is a screenshot of my plans for the second week of school. Definitely a work in progress but you get the idea.

Planbook Screenshot #1

Also, here are the Tutorials from to help you get started! Try it! You will not be disappointed.


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Monthly Research Project Cards with QR codes for Primary Students

Young children need a substantial amount of adult support when they first begin to research a nonfiction topic. Many of our Common Core State Standards demand that our kids have multiple experiences reading, writing, organizing, analyzing, summarizing, and sharing nonfiction genres. ¬†I would love to share with you my resources that I have created over the years, to make this daunting task less stressful for you. I put together a collection of seasonal¬†(Monthly)¬†topics, we all know to call them- “Guiding Questions”, right? Most adults do not know the answers to these questions so the students are teaching their parents for a change. They love this part!

I typically take the first card/guiding question as a learning experience and walk the kids through the research process together. I get a large piece of chart paper, write the guiding question on the top and draw a “Cornell Notes” T-format, that research has shown to be one of the best ways to teach students to take notes. If you would like more information about this process, Vickie Davis, of the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, does a great job presenting –How to teach students to take notes using the “Cornell Notes”¬†method. I love her blog and follow her very closely. I enjoy her perspective and thorough information that I can trust.

We then practice our close reading strategies together on the website linked to the QR Code on the card. We read, read again, listen to the iPad read the article to us, write down notes and questions, including sketches and key vocabulary. This written t-chart is then posted in the room for reference throughout the year.

Included in my resources below, you will get:

1.  Cards for the specific question for each month. (See sample below, I have them laminated and posted in my room) with a scannable qr code below the question, linking to a website that provides the information that answers the question including a video. 

** I suggest using the free app -“QR Code Reader” by Scan ¬†QR Code Reader by Scan

2.  Parent Letter explaining our endeavor.

3.  A printable organizer that the kids write on and can include on a poster or project of your choice.

4.  Student Example below: I like to use a tri-folded file folder as shown in the photo. Students present what they learn, incorporating Common Core standards involving necessary speaking and listening skills as well.

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Sample cards page:   6 Monthly Research Projects - Sample QR page.001

Click Monthly Research Projects for Primary Students for my digital resource posted in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.

Monthly Research Projects for Primary 

Thank you for visiting my site, I hope this information is helpful to you! Upcoming posts will include: Math- Fact Fluency apps, sight word app suggestions, reading comprehension resources and!!


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15 Resources to Teach Keyboarding to Young Children

Keyboarding for Kids - 15 Resources

Young children are being asked to “Show What They Know” in a variety of ways in our schools today. A major inhibition for our young learners is being unable to type what they have to say. Many of our standardized tests require our children to have at least some sense of keyboarding. We are also asking kids to type their research or a narrative on iPads or computers. As a result, we need to prepare them for this new digital form of communication by giving them fun but purposeful experiences without the intimidation of mastery. So, hopefully I can save you valuable time by posting 15 resources for you that I have personally used myself in the form of:

1.  An online typing program suggestion

2. 11 web links to games

3.  2  app suggestions

4.  A parent letter (Word doc.) that I used for you to edit for your own personal use.


1. ¬†My favorite web tool to help kids with keyboarding is “Typing Club”.

Typing Club Logo

Typing Club is free but you will need to sign up for an account and Typing Club will give you your own link for your students to access. It can be accessed at home and keeps track of student progress while allowing feedback on students’ typing speed and accuracy. I pasted my class Typing Club link in our Edmodo Keyboarding Folder for my students to access. I also used a QR Code for those kids that wanted to use their iPads to scan and work at home with an attached keyboard. I sent home a letter to my parents (See item #4 Below) to explain what we were doing and to share the resources that we were using and they could use at home as well.

When I begin teaching keyboarding to my class, I try to emphasize that accuracy is the most important focus, then speed. There have been times of extreme frustration for a few kids and I feel so bad when I see tears as my students try not to look at their keys but by the end of the year, it is second nature to them! The answer?….Games! I found 11 online games for my students that I also posted in our class Edmodo feed.¬†

2. Here are the web resources that I also have in the Word Document mentioned above:

Links for additional practice that can only be played on a computer because they all require Adobe Flash-

Dance Mat 

Typing Test Games 

ABCYA Finger position

Big Brown Bear -Searches basic Keys

Typing Chef

Keyman- ‚ÄúPACMAN‚ÄĚ Style

Keyboarding games- Learning Games for Kids

e-Learning Keyboarding Lesson

3.  Apps:  

¬† ¬† 1.¬†‚ÄúMy First Keyboard‚Ä̬† ¬†¬†My First Keyboard App¬† ¬†¬†$.99 (This app can actually be installed on your iPad to add this primary keyboard ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†as an option when your child types.)

¬† ¬† 2. ‚ÄúTyping Fingers‚ÄĚ- ¬†¬†Typing Fingers App¬† ¬†Free or $.99 to remove adds

 4. Parent Letter-

Typing Club and Keyboarding Resources Letter to Parents


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