This resource is to be used as a tool kit to help your students achieve success with multiplication facts. This program is designed to have students work on one set of facts a week. Students are able to move at their own pace through their multiplication facts, and there is a focus on both fluency and automaticity.
With this program, students are expected to complete seven multiplication activities each week. Students should complete the activities in the given order to allow for developmental and conceptual understanding. The activities can be part of a math warm-up, math rotation, or even a special 10 minute math fact block. The resources are organized by set of math facts, so you can print and prep each set of student practice pages easily, without shuffling through multiple pages to find exactly what you need.
We know that computational fluency is multi dimensional with a need for speed, accuracy, flexibility, and efficiency. We also know that multiplication facts are best learned by strategy, rather than moving from x1, x2, x3, etc. I’ve designed this resources with this research in mind, and with the busy teacher in mind as well.
- Multiple Representation Task Cards-Students match an equation with a corresponding array and repeated addition problem.
- Multiplication Flashcards-There are three sets of flashcards for each level of multiplication facts. The first set focuses on concrete representation, where students use snap cubes or counters to model each multiplication fact. The second set of flash cards focuses on pictorial representations, where students have a pictorial representation of the fact on the flash card. The third set of flash cards focuses on abstract understanding. This is where students work on the flashcard in a traditional way. I recommend printing each level or set on a different color paper.
- Multiplication Strategy Notebook-For each set of facts, students will complete a page in their Multiplication Fact Strategy Booklet. Students should model a different fact with a factor of the set of multiplication facts they are working on using different strategies. Students will model the problems with a grouping model, number line, and two arrays. Students also explain HOW to use a strategy to solve the set of problems.
- Word Problems-To help students conceptualize multiplication problems, they should also solve multiplication word problems. There is one page of multiplication problems for each set of facts. Students solve two multiplication problems that include that factor. Then, students write two multiplication problems, one where the number represents how many are in each group and one where the number represents how many groups there are.
- Individual Fact Practice-These are self monitored quizzes, where students do not race a timer to finish a certain number of questions. Instead, students time themselves to see how long it takes them to complete all of the questions. Students will graph their progress to encourage meta-cognition.
- Study Plan Bookmarks-These help hold students accountable for practicing their math facts at school and at home.