Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I'm so excited to be here from Third Grade's A Charm guest blogging for Courtney today...thanks for having me Courtney!  I hope I can share something you find useful and maybe even inspirational for your classroom!


I won't even try to deny that I love math!  Just like reading, I feel like it's important to build a strong foundation in math in order for students to be successful in the future!

Multiplication is one part of math that is undeniably important!  You need to know how to multiply before you can do the more intricate and complex math students will face throughout their education.  In early elementary we're given the task of setting up that foundation.

Starting as early as kindergarten, we can begin to prepare our kids for multiplication.  Skip counting is a great "beginning"!  It's something that can be done quickly every morning during calendar time or morning meeting.  The kids can easily memorize multiples of 2, 5, & 10 without even knowing it!

Here's a short little freebie you can download - just click on the picture to download it!

Now, by the time the kiddos get to me, hopefully they can skip count and maybe even do some basic multiplication (0's, 1's, 2's, 5's, and 10's)!  But...I don't take anything for granted, and we start from the beginning!  We work on each set of multiplication facts in isolation before combining them!  As I introduce each set of facts, we complete a multiplication table (like this one) together using a power point presentation.  {Click here to download your own!}  The kids keep this in their binder or folder!

From the beginning of the year, we also have a fact of the day.  I can ask anyone in class to tell me the product any time of day - while we're waiting in the lunch line, on the way to the library, during recess {gasp}!  With that fact of the day we write our own word problem.  I use a graphic organizer to help the kids quickly pre-write  and plan all the parts of their problem.  You can download my fact of the day word problem sheet (with examples of its use) by clicking on the top picture below!  They can be printed 2-sided, or the back could be used alone if your students don't need to complete the prewriting.
Have a closer look at the graphic organizer and how it's used!

After we have studied and learned all of our multiplication tables, we take timed tests!  With each test they pass, the kids earn a part of a banana split, yes a real one!  It never fails, when I tell my students about this, one of them always asks me if they get a real banana split!  They love doing this and look forward to it all year (we usually do our tests in the spring).  It always surprises me how well they do!  The quizzes I give are 40 questions long and cover only that table (all 2's or all 6's for example).  This year we set a time limit of two and a half minutes and required a 90% (36 correct) or better to pass.  In my homeroom 16 out of 18 students passed EVERY test!!  Everyone got their bowl and banana and at least one scoop of ice cream to enjoy!  It is really set up so that everyone can earn those basic parts!

My "Multiplication Madness: A Trek to a Treat" Unit is for sale in my TPT store and my TN shop.  Even better though...I'm giving one copy away in my 100 follower giveaway (along with items from other great bloggers)!  I have two freebies on my blog you can use with this unit or alone if you do timed tests for banana splits too!  Be sure to come by and download your copy!


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23 comments:

RealOCteachers said...

I love your graphic organizer for planning the word problems! Great idea! I also agree that we should introduce multiplication concepts right away. I'm not sure if it's the same for you, but here in California, third graders must know how to do long division by the end of the year! It's great to give them that foundation from the beginning. I have heard of some teachers introducing multiplication and division simultaneously. What do you think about that?

3rd Grade's a Charm- thanks for your very informative post. I have been following you on your blog.

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Jackie said...

Wow! Long division in third grade...gosh! We have adopted common core, and long division is not part of the third grade standards (thank goodness:)) But it wasn't part of the Kentucky standards before either.

After our initial introduction of multiplication, we do discuss basic division facts as well! My kids are always familiar with fact families. They write fact families for addition and subtraction in earlier grades, such as {2+3=5, 3+2=5, 5-2=3, 5-3=2} so we write fact families for multiplication and division in third grade. {4X3=12, 3X4=12, 12/4=3, 12/3=4} We've used foldables for this, and there are lots of other good ideas on pinterest for writing fact families (I have some pinned)!

I try to make sure they understand what division is, and I say it so much that they know "if you know multiplication then you know division"...they can quote me! I want them to see how important it is! I also try to make sure that they understand the relationship between multiplication and division which is fairly easy for them. They use their prior knowledge and relate it to the relationship between addition and subtraction!

P.S. I'm sooo glad you were able to find a new blog to follow!!! :)

Jackie

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