Students achieve higher when they know what is expected of them. This tool allows the students to visually see their growth in their multiplication facts. There is some preparation needed before you can utilize this tool. Students are asked to color their scoops and cut out each one, housing them in baggies for safe keeping.
Students take a basic fact tests weekly, (50 problems in 3 minutes) on one fact family. Students who pass that fact test with 90% or greater, get to place that fact family scoop on their cone. As they gain knowledge of their facts, their cone becomes taller. This gives them a visual of the progress they are making. Students whose cone is complete are given an ice cream treat.