

Includes
Music CD

“This
resource truly addresses all styles of learning.”
Math
Facts to the MAX!
MASTERING
THE BASIC FACTS
WITH FLASH CARDS AND SONGS
It’s
time to replace those tedious, ineffective, drillandkill worksheets
with Math Facts to the Max, a fresh, innovative approach
to the allimportant basic number facts. This kidfriendly program
uses powerful visual cues and unforgettable original songs to
help children master the strategies that promote understanding
and quick recall.

This flexible system for children ages 6 to
11 is appropriate for classroom, home, and tutorial use. It
covers all levels of facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication,
and division.
"My
daughter has made a complete turnaround."
Math Facts to the Max
captures the interest of students through their natural love of music
and humor. Like the other titles of the Teaching Lynx Series, its
goal is to forge links between powerful math instruction and activities
that engage the hearts and minds of children.
“My
kids beamed with delight."
Math Facts to the Max is based on extensive
research into the best practices for teaching basic math skills.
It is highly effective because it provides:

Ingenious flash card visuals for
each type of fact

Songs which help children memorize
key strategies

Handson experiences
which link to the flash cards and songs

Review activities that reinforce
and maintain skills

Tests for tracking student progress
To ensure that the activities are both effective and manageable,
the lessons were piloted with students in more than 12 classrooms at 1st
through 6th grade levels. The lessons were revised repeatedly, based on
input from teachers and practical experience with “real kids.”
Pilotclassroom students using the "Max" system
made dramatically accelerated progress, compared to those using
textbook activities and timed drills.
The program includes:
 Copy masters for twosided
flash cards
 CD with 25 unforgettable
songs and 11 hilarious “Igor and Boss” vignettes
 Teacher and parentfriendly guide
Reviews
“The lively songs make learning math facts fun
and easy. I even hear students humming the songs while they are working
on their math assignments. . . This resource truly addresses all styles
of learning.” — Sarah Anderson, 4th Grade Teacher
“By turning learning into a fun experience, my
daughter has made a complete turnaround. The flash cards have helped
tremendously by teaching her the basics she needs to move forward.
She has a newfound confidence in herself.” — Cindy
Frediani, Parent
“My kids beamed with delight . . . The songs strengthened their
self confidence and desire to learn more.” — Karen
Murphy, 3rd Grade Teacher
INTRODUCTION
At a Glance
Master List of Flash Card Sets
Preface
Overview
The Flash Cards
Assessment and Practice
Frequently Asked Questions
References

CHAPTERS
1 Addition
2 Multiplication, Level 1
3 Subtraction
4 Multiplication, Level 2
5 Division
6 The Songs
7 Reproducible Resources

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Contents
of CD
Bold
= Song Regular = Spoken Vignette
1. Dots Good
2. Igor, “Dots” Too Many
3. Twintown Doubles
4. Twintown Troubles
5. 9, Be My Friend
6. Boss Teaches Igor a Plus9 Jingle
7. So Many Things
8. Igor Counts the Hands on Clocks
9. Who Put the 5 In?
10. Lend Me Ten
11. Strangest Dream
12. Lenore’s Fours
13. Igor “Turns It ‘Round”
14. Turn It ‘Round
15. Zero, Ze Hero
16. Step Back
17. Igor Knows the Difference 
18. 10Frame
of Mine
19. Boss Teaches Igor a Minus9 Jingle
20. Family of Facts
21. Ladybugs
22. Ladybug Boys’ Football Scores
23. Nina’s Nines
24. Square City
25. Igor Gets “ARound” Square City
26. Countin’ by 7s Again
27. Octopi Dance
28. You Just Take Half
29. Igor Watches Multiples “Grow”
30. Multiples Grow by Column and Row
31. The Great Divide
32. Boss Puts Cubes in Nine Cups
33. Nina’s New Trick
34. Igor Wants to Sing
35. Igor’s Song
36. Number Songs 
The program consists of three integrated components:

Songs and "Igor and Boss" Vignettes


Visual and HandsOn Activities
The Songs
The songs are an integral part of the program. They provide valuable
memory "hooks" and greatly accelerate learning. Click
here for complete CD contents.
Some songs provide memory aids for patterns. Click
for examples:
"Ladybugs" helps students learn to skipcount
by 6s.
"Twintown Doubles" provides
practice for the addition doubles.
Other songs highlight rapidcomputation strategies.
Click for examples:
"9, Be My Friend" encourages
students to convert 9 to "friendly" 10 when adding.
"Family of Facts" builds on
children's knowledge of addition to solve subtraction facts.
"The Great Divide" gives examples
of the use of multiplication to solve division facts.
The Flash Cards
The flash cards link to the songs and provide visual cues which teach
key patterns and strategies.
The Doubles + 1 cards dovetail with the song "Twintown
Troubles" and provide a visual representation that helps children
extend 7 + 7 to 7 + 8, and so on.
The 10Frame of Mine cards support handson subtraction activities
and are reinforced by the "10Frame
of Mine" song.
The Ladybug Tricks with 6 cards extend the learning of the 6s
pattern of the "Ladybugs" song and prepare
students for multiplying with 6 in the flash card set Pete Picks 6.
The Column and Row cards help students picture the division
as counting multiples in a rectangular array. The "Multiples
Grow by Column and Row" song gives four examples of this powerful
method.
SONG EXCERPTS
Ladybugs
Ladybugs coming down the street,
Ladybugs, ladybugs, got six feet,
Count one bug’s feet
and then some more,
6, 12, 18, 24,
30, 36, 42,
48, 54, 60, oo! . . .

Twintown
Doubles
In Twintown everything came in doubles,
If there was one kid blowing bubbles,
Down the street came another kid
To make the same number that she did.
1 for Juana, 1 for Wu, 1 + 1 . . . that’s ___,
2 for Tory, 2 for Lenore,
2 + 2 . . . that’s ___,
3 thrills, 3 tricks,
3 + 3 . . . that’s ___,
4 on the floor, 4 on the plate,
4 + 4 . . . that’s ___ . . .
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9, Be My Friend
9, be my friend, now,
Let me turn you into 10, now,
I’ll show you just how,
Take a one and make a 10 right now.
Let’s play a 10 game,
With 10 in the 10frame,
10 + 5 make a great team,
They add up to ___.
9 and a 6, now,
They’re up to their tricks, now,
Move one to the 9’s side,
And you’ve got 10 + ___ . . . 
Family of Facts
It’s a family of numbers
That adds and subtracts,
So we call it a family,
A family of facts.
It’s not like a family of people,
That’s not how it acts,
It’s a family of numbers,
A family of facts.
Take 6 + 8, ___ is the sum.
Think 8 + 6, and the answer will come.
14 – 6, that’s ___, if you please,
14 – 8? You can do that with ease. . .
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The Great Divide
When you come to the Great Divide,
Turn around, turn around,
‘Cause the “times” are on your side,
Turn around.
When it says, “divided by,”
Turn around and multiply,
When you come to the Great Divide,
Turn around.
24, divided by 6,
Turn that around and something clicks,
‘Cause 6 groups of something is 24,
If you say ___, then you know the score.
When you come to the Great Divide,
Turn around . . .

10Frame
of Mine
10frame of mine, now,
I need to turn you into 9, now,
I’ll move a counter to the one’s tray,
And then I can take away.
14 take away 9,
Move a counter to the 4’s line,
Take 9 from the other side,
And now there are just ___. . .
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Twintown
Troubles
In Twintown everything came in doubles,
But one day they had some trouble with their doubles . . .
Now 4 + 4 was 8, they knew,
But 4 + 5, was harder – whew!
Then something happened that was absurd,
Baby piped up with his first words:
“There’s just one more in our line,
So four plus five is surely nine!” . . .
5 and 6 . . .
Think, 5 and 5 . . . that’s ___,
So 5 and 6 . . . ___,
And 6 and 5 is just the same,

Multiples
Grow by Column and Row
Here is a tip you ought to know:
Multiples grow by column and row.
When there’s a number you must divide,
Rows and columns can be your guide.
Put 15 in 3 straight rows,
And count the columns,
How many of those?
3, 6, 9, 12, 15,
That’s 5 3s, so now you know,
There are 5 squares in every row. . .
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EXAMPLES OF FLASH
CARDS
You may view flash
card samples (and listen to songs) at the
Songs For Teaching web site.

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Why
Children Don’t Know “The Facts”
A Troubling Picture
Teachers and parents everywhere are concerned about the many children
who are not mastering the basic number facts. We adults know full
well that these facts are indeed basic, and that mathematics
can be an ordeal for students who don’t know them.
Yet teachers – and parents – spend inordinate amounts
of time and energy attempting to teach these facts. Some students
struggle for years, and finally decide “I’m just no good
at math!” Too often they miss the opportunity to move into higher
level math courses – classes that can open doors to college
degrees and promising careers.
What’s wrong with this picture? Why, given all the resources
devoted to teaching basic facts, are so many children making dismal
progress?
The Fatal Flaws
When it comes to helping children learn the basic facts, most math
curricula are fatally flawed.

Students are pushed into memorizing the
facts before they understand the concepts involved.
 Children are forced to study too many facts at one time.

Children have too few opportunities to make
connections between math and realworld contexts, visual
images, and handson materials.

Textbooks move too quickly from addition
to subtraction and from multiplication to division.

Students are given too little time to
master a new strategy before moving on to the next one.

Instruction is not tailored to individual needs.
Some children are bored, while others are overwhelmed.

Not enough time is spent reviewing previously
learned facts.

“Drillandkill” methods, such as timed
drills and endless workbook pages, are tedious, inefficient,
and anxietyprovoking.
Lessons From the Research
– And From Classrooms
In recent years, teachers and students have experienced curriculum
whiplash, as math education has zigzagged back and forth between experiential
math programs that deempasize basic skills to roteoriented textbooks
which dictate one – and only one – way of solving a given
type of problem.
There is a middle ground that makes sense. Decades of research, along
with the experience of successful teachers and tutors, point the way
toward a better alternative. Children can have “the best of
all possible worlds” when it comes to learning math. The key
is linking conceptual learning with explicit instruction in basic
skills.
Many approaches to the basic facts place a heavy emphasis on memorization,
as if each number fact were an isolated formula without any relationship
to the other facts. A more sensible approach is teaching for automaticity
– rapid responses based on the relationships among numbers and
on the patterns which are at the heart of mathematics.
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