Saturday, June 21, 2014

Touch Math Number Posters Freebie

I have the privilege and challenge of teaching 2nd grade RtI students. With very few exceptions, fact fluency is extremely difficult for them. Particularly when students have been identified as having a low IQ or being a "slow learner", automaticity is not so automatic. Therefore, we have implemented Touch Math as one of our research-based interventions. I love this method for a few reasons. 
  1. Many of my students are embarrassed about adding or subtracting on their fingers when other students' pencils are just flowing across the page. This method eliminates the need for finger counting.
  2. The students learn to associate the value of a number with it's numeral. The 2 has two dots. They reinforce that connection every time they add or subtract.
  3. This strategy works for addition, subtraction, multi-digit addition/subtraction, repeated addition/subtraction, and column addition. These struggling students can have one go-to strategy for all of their 2nd grade computation standards.
You can find out more about Touch Math {here}.

I had a set of touch number posters, but I was unhappy with them for two reasons. First of all, they didn't match my room decor, and I am all about things being "matchy matchy". Secondly, I do not agree with the way Touch Math has students tap on the number four. Their four looks like this:
That method works until a student encounters a font that prints a four like this:   4. Then, what should they do?  So, I switched up the touch dots on a four so that it will work for either style. Other than that, these posters follow the prescribed Touch Math method. 

You can grab your own set of these posters by clicking {HERE}. I hope that they will be useful to you! Do you use Touch Math? What do you think of it?


  1. Thank you for these! I was taught how to use touch math in the 3rd grade and still use it now in my 30s. I was looking for this to help my first grader.