These three reproducible "Basic Multiplication Facts Animal Poems" provide extra practice for children with basic multiplication facts in a fun and interesting way. To decipher the poem on each worksheet, the children must first correctly solve each basic multiplication fact, then match its product's corresponding letter to the same product listed in the poem grid. A special emphasis is given to "square" products, as well as products of the usual "nasties" such as "6 x 9" and "7 x 8."
Once deciphered, "The Cat's Poem" reads:
"I once was so hungry
I swallowed three mice
Then spit them back up
And swallowed them twice!"
"The Crabs' Poem" reads:
"The beach is our home
So watch where you stand
For we pinch little toes
Whenever we can!"
"The Alligator's Poem" reads:
"My home's a bit damp
And smells rotten, too
But drop by for dinner
I'd love to have you!"
Also included in this packet are answer keys for all three poems.
Aside from pure carelessness, the chances for student error are slight, being the poem itself provides a check against any multiplication discrepancies. What's more, this handout is extremely simple and quick to both review and grade.
These quatrains can be used in class, as homework, in math centers, to fill in a few minutes at the end of a class period, or as extra practice for those students still struggling with their facts (as well as those students who just never bother to take the time to learn their "boring" facts.) Even better, they are fun to complete, and don't be surprised if you find your students asking you for more. (Imagine that! Students asking for more multiplication work!)
I thank you for taking the time to preview this product and hope you are able to put it to good use. Moreover, I hope it provides some benefit and enjoyment to your students.
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2nd - 5th Grade Enrichment Teacher
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