No joke, Monday morning I woke up during a dream about some "new way" to teach my students multiplication facts. So. Not. Cool.
On that note.. I wanted to share some of the activities I have been using to teach multiplication to my below-level 4th graders.
Many of the activities I've been using this week I found on Pinterest (probably why I had those dreams..). On Monday we talked about the "Commutative Property" which Everyday Math refers to as "Turn Around Facts" or I sometimes call them "Flip Flop Facts". Here's the small chart we made:
The Teaching Theif, check out her's here (Her's is more creative.. I forgot to get candy for the arrays & the stickers I had were too big. Whoopsie! Oh and ignore the white out on mine, I wasn't the best judge of the space I had..)
If you would like a copy of the worksheet above, you can grab one for free HERE.
We've also been doing daily Mad Minutes to improve our automaticity (I have such a wide range of abilities when it comes to this area.. One kid was able to answer 29/30 correctly in 1 minute, and another who could only answer 4/30 correctly.. oiy!). I decided I wanted my students to keep track of their Mad Minute results, and challenge themselves to beat their own high score. So I made this graph for my students to keep track of their progress (also a great piece of data to show parents!!).. Click on the picture to grab your own copy!
Here's what some of my kiddos' graphs looked like last week (I meant to take a picture of a few today and forgot, whoops again!)
We're having a multiplication quiz on Friday, so let's hope it goes well! *fingers crossed*
Oh & I must share with you the highlight of my day!! During math today, my principal came into my classroom and presented me with this little brown box (sorry for the phone pic)..
Yep! A brandy new iPad!! I have been using my personal one in my classroom but it gets a little scary hoping they won't drop it or anything. So now I have one that is completely dedicated to my classroom. Woo! =)