Imagine starting your math lesson by asking your students, "Are you ready for a Monster Fight?!"
This is a unique approach to practicing math that involves a bracketed tournament of "monster battles." Each day two movie monsters will do "battle" by solving math problems.
Each battle consists of 10 rounds of basic math fact problems. The monster with the highest product for each round, wins that round. The monster with the most rounds won, moves on to the next battle! Every fact from the 0-12 multiplication tables is practiced several times..
There are 31 battles in the tournament, with 20 math problems on each battle worksheet. That's 31 days (620 problems) of great math practice!
You could use these worksheets as morning work, small independent math group work, or as a fun way to start off math each day.
Full color monster cards are included to post on your board so students know who will be doing battle that day. A blank bracket, and a tournament key bracket are included as well!
Students are really motivated by this activity, and have begged for more tournaments in the future!
This tournament has a different outcome as the "Monster Math Battle - 2-digit addition" and "Money Addition" tournaments! So if you've done a tournament already and the kids want more, this tournament has totally different pairings.
This activity is Common Core aligned!
Monster Clip Art is courtesy of Peter Reitz and can be found here: