Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Multiplication Suggestions

Today everybody moved on to practicing multiplication facts. While each student received flashcards for their current level, you aren't expected to do flashcards every night. Here are some fun ways to practice your facts.

1. The Dice Game: Get two dice, and use masking tape to cover the numbers on one die. Write the numbers 7-12 on that die. Roll the dice and multiply the two numbers together. The highest product gets a point. The first person to 15 points wins!

2. Multiplication War: Played like regular war, but you flip two cards instead of one. Every card is face value, while jacks, queens, and kings are worth 10. The person with the highest product wins the cards. If the products are equal, do "I De-Clare War" and add the 4 cards together. The highest sum gets all cards.

3. Egg Carton Game: Get an empty egg carton and number the spots 1-12. Add two pennies, and close the lid. Shake the carton. Open it up and multiply the numbers where the pennies landed.

4. Skip Counting: Multiplication is really all about skip counting the multiples of a number. Have your child practice skip counting in any way. You can actually make them skip while they count by their fact number (2, 4, 6, 8, 10.....), they can write / paint / draw their multiples when skip counting, or if you're looking for some messy fun you can write the skip counting in shaving cream! Skip counting is a great strategy that the kids can use during their fact tests.

These are four simple ways to get started reviewing or practicing those facts. If you have any great ideas you'd like to share, please let me know and we'll add them to the list.

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