Multiplication is such a huge part of third grade and I had such a great response to my post about the strategies that I use to teach it. So, I thought I would share some other resources we use in the classroom.
I absolutely adore this number line! The colored dots come with it which is a huge time saver! I put velcro dots on the back of mine and each year as we learn about the different factors I place them on the number line. The multiples of 2 all get a red dot, the threes are green and so on. We practice skip counting by the different multiples and it helps ensure that they are practicing their skip counting correctly. As my husband likes to say, “ Practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect!”
I found this as an awesome freebie on TpT. I copied them on cardstock and laminated them. They are great to use as a quick practice or even as a quick time filler if we finish something early. Sometimes as a fun twist I will time them to see how quickly they can finish. I stop the timer when half of the class is finished. I give everyone else time to finish and then we check our answers and I reveal their time. The next time we practice that factor we try and beat our time. We store them in a basket for each table and they can practice their facts as a fun when you’re done choice!
3. LOTS of practice during Centers
I love using math centers in the afternoon. It gives my kiddos time to practice important skills and it gives me time to pull small groups to reteach and enrich. I have all kinds of multiplication practice in their centers. My newest is my “Hip, Hip, Array,” pack. They absolutely love to use the classroom iPods or iPad to check their answers with the QR codes, and it makes checking their work much faster for me!
Click on the pic above to check them out!
I also have free Multiplication Task Cards on my Facebook page. All you have to do is like The Blessed Teacher on Facebook to have access to the fan freebie tab.
I would love to hear some of your favorite strategies and resources for teaching multiplication!
Have a great Saturday everyone!