This engaging alternative to traditional word sorts will help your students master their 2-10 multiplication facts. Students mix and match multiplication equations and products in this engaging activity. The 8 sets of 12 fact families cover the 2 - 10 facts, with special emphasis on those tricky 7’s, 8’s and 9’s. The products of each fact family show the dog used in the set, and the product card shows it in another pose, activity or costume. By mixing and matching the two types of cards for each dog, all of them can be used to form true equations. If a student makes a mistake, he/she will likely catch it when they don’t have the proper product for another fact family. Give each student a set (or more than 1 set) of cards. Each set has a mixture of 2 - 10 facts. An optional recording sheet is included.
To play as a game, choose as many sets of cards as you have players. Put the dog picture cards (matching the cards chosen and equal to the number of players) in a facedown pile. Each player takes a card. This is his/her dog for the game. Shuffle the factor and product cards into a facedown pile (or put them in a paper bag). Players take turns flipping over the top card (or pulling a card from the bag). If it features his/her dog, the player keeps the card. If it is not a match, it goes in a discard pile. When a player has 2 or more cards, he/she can put down any two which form a true equation, after they draw their card for that turn. If a player forms an incorrect fact, he/she must put those cards in the discard pile. Shuffle the discard pile and reuse when needed. The first player to form 10 facts wins the game (or play until one player forms all 12 of his/her facts).
Preparation is easy—just print out the instructions, word list, word cards and picture cards. Laminate the cards and cut them apart. Photocopy the recording sheet if desired, and let the fun and learning begin!