Ways to Use Addition Flashcards and Subtraction Flashcards to Master Math Facts for 1st Grade Math


One of my favorite methods to reinforce or teach a new skill is by using flashcards! They are perfect for any subject, but I especially love to use them during math. 


There are so many games, drills, and activities you can create using flash cards. I love using them as a way for my students to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. 


But you still may be wondering, “How exactly do I implement these into my classroom?”  


I want to share with you some of my favorite ways to use flashcards as a way to master math facts and concepts like time, money and fractions.

Ways to Use Addition Flashcards and Subtraction Flashcards to Master Math Facts for 1st Grade Math


Here are 3 ways to Use Flashcards to Master Math Facts and Math Concepts like Time, Fractions and Money

1. Memory

2. Top-It

3. Mom and Pop Way 



A game of memory is a tried and true way of practicing math facts! Create a deck of math facts that your students need to review and get to playing. This is a great math activity to add to your centers or even small groups. Students will play this math fact game of memory just like the original game. 


The game of memory can also help improve student focus, concentration, thinking ahead and short-term memory. Strengthening short term memory can help to later convert to long term memory mastery of math facts. Memory is wonderful for visual learners.


Top It 

Top It is a twist on the familiar game of War! Each player will be dealt an equal number of cards. The objective of the game is to flip two cards over and the player with the greatest sum or difference wins. Students can play this game again, and again as a way to practice their basic addition, subtraction, or even multiplication and division facts. 


When playing the game, guide students to tell the problem they are solving. For example 4 + 6 = 10 or 2 + 7 = 9, or 10 is greater than 9. This ensures that students are engaged in practicing their math facts and stay focused on the objective of the game. 


Mom and Pop

I love using the term “Mom and Pop” for traditional methods in the classroom. Mom and Pop ways means it is the same way your mother and father learned math facts years ago.  


The Mom and Pop way to practice math facts with students would be to use the cards as visual questions. What is 9 + 8? 


Flashcards for the Classroom

I absolutely LOVE using flashcards in my classroom, and I know you will too! I couldn’t always find the activities I wanted to use with my students, so I created them. Click here to access my Flashcard activities

Ways to Use Addition Flashcards and Subtraction Flashcards to Master Math Facts for 1st Grade Math

Practice addition, subtraction, telling time, money, fractions and even phonics all with flashcards. Print and cut the flashcards to use for a game of matching, Go Fish or to use in center activities. The options are endless! 

Want to try a free version for yourself? Try these Free Money Flashcards

Math Flashcards for Beginning Learners free

If you found this post helpful, check out more my post on Adding Double Facts.

Do you use flashcards in your classroom? I would love to hear from you in the comments below. 


Happy Teaching,


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