Math Facts Baseball Game is a proven method for motivating students to learn their math facts. Divide your class into two teams and let the competition begin.
Batter up! Each inning of the game consists of four 36-problem timed tests: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It is intended for students in third, fourth, or fifth grade who are working to master their math facts. Kids will be hitting the ball out of the park in no time!
• Four teacher pages: Teaching the Facts, Math Facts Baseball, Multiplication Clinics, and More Ideas
• Multiplication Facts Grid
• Four sets of facts tests, each with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems
• Answer keys
• Class scoreboard
How It Works:
• Facts Baseball Clinics - Students use the Multiplication Facts Grid to determine which facts they know (and don’t know). Using a proven strategic method, they get busy learning the facts they don’t know. After learning their facts, they work on speed and fluency.
• Math Facts Baseball – One inning of the game is played each day. Time between innings is adjusted based on the class’s proficiency. More skillful classes may play every other day for five weeks; less adept classes, once a week for nine weeks. The class is divided into two teams. Each player takes all four tests and earns bases for every test passed with 100% accuracy.
• Playing math facts baseball motivates kids to learn their facts and improve their skill.
• Timed tests alone do not bring about mastery of math facts. Teachers need to provide a simple, step-by-step method for mastering the facts, and students need to be held accountable for each set of facts.
• Students must only learn 36 facts for each operation. For example:
2x2 2x3 2x 4 2x5 2x6 2x7 2x8 2x9
3x3 3x4 3x5 3x6 3x7 3x8 3x9
4x4 4x5 4x6 4x7 4x8 4x9
5x5 5x6 5x7 5x8 5x9
6x6 6x7 6x8 6x9
7x7 7x8 7x9
• Most students can learn their twos, threes, fours, fives, and with little trouble, and the nines can be learned through a simple trick. This leaves only six facts to learn! If we focus on those six facts, students will experience much greater success.
This game has been a hit in my classroom for many years. I hope your class will love it too!
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Additional baseball-themed parent materials and checklists are now available in my Multiplication Facts Coaching Kit