Math Monday - Multiplication Must Do's!!
Elementary AMC February 17, 2014
I was so thankful to have today off to recuperate from our double sleepover - 4 girls can sure make a lot of noise!!
I am linking up with Jess at I Heart Recess for her Mathematical Monday linky party!!
Last Thursday my class moved on to Data Management (thank heavens!!) after our long battle with multiplication and division. Okay it was not all a battle - but for some kids and on some days it sure was.
Here are a few things that really worked for us:
Multiplication Homework Packages - I send these home at the beginning of the unit so that students can continually practice without their parents having to look up resources and so that we can focus on strategies in class.
Multiplication Name Tags - huge hit in my class this year - will probably use them again time to time just to keep us on our toes!
Challenging my Grade Fours - multiplication is one of those areas where the divide between the two grades seems pretty big. We start the unit with most of my Grade 3's knowing next to no multiplication facts or strategies and some of my Grade4's knowing all of their facts and needing some challenge.
This year I used this resource for my strong group of Grade 4's.
Sometimes it easy to focus on my struggling students but I really tried this year to keep my high group moving and this really helped me out.
I really liked that my students had to show the expanded form strategy of solving the question - my high group can breeze through questions but have a really hard time showing their work and explaining strategies - this page was a big help.
Also the word problems really add a challenge for my students. Even though they can multiply any number having to read, understand and pull numbers out of a problem really makes them stop and think about what they are doing. Plus they never want to answer in a sentence or show their thinking so this was perfect.
You can find this resource - along with a ton of other goodies on multiplication and fractions (another tough one in my class) in this Tricky Math Pack from Educents. Use the code PRES10 for 10% off the $10.99 price (a steal!!)
I am not sure how a holiday Monday goes by so much faster than a school Monday but this one sure did!!