Posted by Kim Kane (cpklkane@bellsouth.net).

Fourth Street Elementary, Athens, USA

Materials Required: Flashcards for some of these, copies.

Activity Time: 5 minutes

Concepts Taught: Multiplication

There have been so many email messages concerned about multiplication facts.

This is a very important concepts, but teachers can only teach so much before

it is then up to the student to just flat out MEMORIZE!!!! Here are some

ideas our school came up with that we follow SCHOOLWIDE with facts!1) We are strong believers that constant drill is a must! A lot

of people do not believe in this, but unless you have practice,

you can't be good at something. I have a couple forms of 20

multiplication problems (random), and I pass them out everyday at

the beginning of math. On my say, the students turn them over and

have one minute ( length decreases as time goes on ) to complete.

Then, pencils down. Students exchange papers and orally we go

over the problem/answer. I also do this with division facts!

Doing this every single day has really helped them. In fact, they

remind me to do it some days. By the way, after the first month

or so, I start taking grades for some of them.2) There is a really good tape called Multiplication Rap. It

raps the multiplication tables, students love it! I've always

said... if you knew your multiplication tables like you know the

words to this song, you'd make a 100. Well, here's the solution

to that. We play this tape whenever there is a transition. Ex:

bathroom break, packing up for dismissal, rainy day recess.3) There are other cute games you could play to inforce

multiplication tables.

a) Pair the students up. They put both hands behind their

backs and on their count, shoot out a number. The students

multiply THEIR number times THEIR PARTNER'S number, and keep

score! They love it!

b) Around the world students love. Take a student and pair

them up with the first person in the class. Hold up a

multiplicatin flashcard, the first person to get it moves to the

next student....and so on. The first student to return to their

seat has made it "around the world." (meaning they've beaten

everyone in the class at at least one multiplication fact.)I hope this is what you were intending. I could always use some

ideas if you have any! Hope and wish you the best of luck!Kim