***Help your students memorize their multiplication facts! Students are often overwhelmed with memorizing all of the basic math facts 0-12. This systematic method focuses on one specific factor at a time.*****
Allow students to focus on learning their multiplication facts one fact group at a time .
On Fridays, give fluency tests based on the facts they are working on. Allow two minutes for most of the facts and one minute for the easy ones: 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, 11’s…
**NOTE- Have your students insert the fact group in the blanks on the assessment sheet while they recall the answer for that fact. For example, ___ x 3….. ____ x 6…. ____ x 8….IF you are working on 3’s this week, then students will insert 3’s in the blanks: 3 x 3…. 3 x 6….. 3 x 8…..****
Some teachers like to tap into the patterns of doubles as a learning aid and will test the facts in the following order: 2’s, 4’s, 8’s, 5’s, 10’s, 3’s, 6’s, 9’s, 12’s, 11’s….
Students scoring 80% or higher can study the next set of facts for the week. The students scoring less than 80% continue to stay on that level, practice, and retest on the following Friday.
Included is a chart to keep track of which facts your mathematicians have accomplished.
Also included are notes to go home to parents for those that have mastered a particular set of facts and for those that need more practice.
Last is a motivational Star to help students keep track of which facts they have mastered and which ones they still need to practice. This is a great tool of motivation, especially if there is a nice reward when all facts have been mastered. You may wish to place a star sticker on each section as they have been mastered and give a little treat. Once the entire Star has been filled, give a bigger surprise.
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