I love introducing students to multiplication by using the game "Circles and Stars" from Marilyn Burns
in her book "Math by all Means - Multiplication".
This printable product
, of the multiples of 2 and 5, is used after I've had the students play the game. This product reinforces their understanding from the game. Each page has a 2 or 5 multiplication fact illustrated with circles and stars
two different ways.
Directions for how I play the game with my students
I don't mention multiplication when introducing the game. I have them play in partners or small groups.
The students use white boards and two different dice.
One dice will be how many circles they draw and the other dice will be how many stars (or dots if they can't draw stars) will be drawn in each circle.
They are to write each of these numbers once near the bottom of the white board and then write the total number of stars after the first two numbers. This part is important.
When they feel that this game gets too "easy" and "boring," I have them show me one roll of the dice and the circles and stars involved. If they complete that part correctly, I tell them there is a secret with the game. I proceed to write the multiplication sign and the equal sign in between the numbers on the bottom of the whiteboard and tell them they have been doing multiplication and they thought it was "easy!"
This helps take some of the fear away from learning multiplication
because they are introduced to it in an easy and fun way. I love the moment when I reveal that they've been doing multiplication. Students, especially those with older siblings, got really excited that they could do multiplication.
SEE THESE MATH RESOURCES:
> Number Pattern Book - Counting Made Easy!
> Simple Student Hundreds Chart
> Addition/Subtraction Fact Family Pattern Practice
> Triple Digit Addition or Subtraction Practice
> Multiplication Arrays (Blank) up to 5x5
> Multiplication Arrays up to 10x10
> Circles and Stars - Multiplication Made Easy!
> Basic Division Math Center
> Rounding Charts
> Number Sentence Comic Strip - Art Math Center
SEE THESE READING RESOURCES:
> Multiple Meaning Word Book
> Prefix Suffix Practice Visual
SEE THESE OTHER RESOURCES:
> Student Monthly Calendar