Saturday, October 13, 2018

Multiplication Fact Fluency

When I was a student in 4th grade I remember my daddy sitting on the couch with me every night after dinner to practice my multiplication facts.  He helped me daily to commit them to memory.  It is a precious memory for me.  (But, oh, how I HATED it at the time!)

Today, it seems that life is so busy, that it's almost impossible to find time to give that kind of concentrated effort.  In addition, if you teach with Common Core, how to use strategies to solve multiplication is taught which is very confusing to parents.

I get it, I REALLY do!

  1.  Lack of time
  2.  Different way of learning/teaching
However, nothing (and I really mean NOTHING) beats that good 'ole memorization of those important multiplication facts.

So, I made games for the classroom because...who DOESN'T love games??  Certainly none of the students I've ever taught!

I made five games for multiplication and five games for division (because they are equally important).

These games have a Halloween theme.

You don't do Halloween in your classroom?  That's okay, I've got you covered also!

I also have these same ten games for multiplication and division with a FALL theme!

Let's take a closer look at each of the games.


Game # 1:  Build a Monster

Students use the spinner gameboard to spin the two number monsters and multiply those numbers together.  The student announces the answer.  If correct, the student then spins the bottom spinner with the monster parts.  The student selects that monster part and the next player is up.  The first person to build a monster is the winner.  

This can be be played with a partner or in a small group.

Game # 2:  Spin it to Win It

The student will spin the two witch spinners, multiply the numbers and tell the answer.  If correct, the player will use a dry erase marker on the laminated game board to connect two dots.  When a player is the last to draw the fourth side of a box, the student puts his initials in the box.  When all boxes are complete, the player with the most boxes is the winner.  

This is best for 2-3 players.

Game # 3:  Oogey Boogey Math Facts

These cards are placed in a bag or a container.  Students take turns drawing out a card and telling the answer.  If correct, the student keeps the card.  If a student draws the oogey boogey card, the student must return all of his cards.  

Set a timer on this one!  The student with the most cards at the end is the winner.  Perfect for partners or small group play.

Game # 4:  Ghostly Bump

The traditional Bump game with ghosts!  The first person to place all of her playing pieces on the board is the winner!

Game # 5:  Escape the Spider

Two players place their playing pieces on the star.  Each player takes turns drawing a multiplication card and solving.  If correct, the student moves one space.  The first player to reach the arrow and escape from the web is the winner.


Game # 1:  Witchy Feet Memory

The students place the cards upside down in an array.  Each player turns over two cards.  If the two cards match the player collects the cards and goes again.  If they do not match, the cards are turned over for the next person.  The winner is the person with the most pairs at the end of the game.  

This works for partners or in a small group.

Game # 2:  Trick or Treat

The students take turns drawing a card, solving, and if correct moving on the board.  The first person to reach finish is the winner.

Game # 3:  Halloween Tic-Tac-Toe

Students will play with a partner for this game. Students will take turns choosing a square, solving the division problem, and if correct marking with an X or O.  The first with three in a row is the winner.  Fun and fast, this is perfect for early finishers.

Game # 4:  Flying Ghosts

Each student draws a card and solves the equation.  He or she then places his chip on a ghost.  When all ghosts have been covered, the person with the most chips is the winner.

Game # 5:  Monster Eyes.

This game is played with a partner.  Each partner has a gameboard.  The player will roll a die, choose a problem on the row with the number rolled and solve.  If the partner agrees it is correct, the player will draw an eye on the problem.  The winner is the first person to complete any row. 

These games work best printed on cardstock and laminated for durability.  

They can be used in so many ways including:

  • math centers 
  • partners 
  • small groups  
  • remediation  
  • intervention  
  • guided math  
  • early finishers  
  • indoor recess  
  • and more   

Games is one of my all time favorite ways to learn!  That's just My Kind of Teaching!!


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