When students struggle with multiplication, it can be difficult to figure out where the hang up is. This kit is something that teachers can use right in the classroom as a quick screener, and then target skills with quick, low prep activities. I have spent three years developing and using these activities for our most struggling students in the school. My goal was to make something that teachers and interventionists could use that would be quick, easy to prep and effective.
This assessment and the activities are based on the Concrete-Representational-Abstract instructional sequence. This approach is explained here:
1. Concrete: When a student is introduced to a new concept or something unfamiliar, you allow the use of tools. Sometimes students become stuck here, but they can be moved to the next stage by linking the two together.
2. Representational: When the student can perform the task using tools, they move on to representing the concept with drawings or pictures of their tools. Again, when students become stuck here, we link the next step in with this one.
3. Abstract: When the student can master the task with a drawing or a picture they move to using only numbers and symbols to represent their thinking.
How do I use this?
* The first step is to use the screener/assessment (pages and headings marked with red oval boxes) on any struggling learner which is provided. At that point you will determine which stage your student is in. You can screen a few student and use the group record sheet to help determine small groups.
* Next, go to the corresponding intervention activities (pages and headings marked with green flags) to allow them more time and intensity at just the right stage. The tasks and activities are short (10-15 minutes) and targeted.
* Progress monitor them using the activities attached as you work together. They can exit the intervention when they have met your expectations.
When can I use this?
There are many ways you might use this resource:
- Intervention time (after core instruction has been taught, and students need more time and support)
- Small, targeted groups within your math block
- Special education students who may need more time and support
- Interventionists looking to target instruction
What age group is this for?
This is for any student who seems to be struggling with any part of multiplication. Often times, older students missed the conceptual understanding behind multiplication, and have only memorized math facts. This is appropriate for end of 3rd grade through 6th, and possibly even later for students who may be missing some of these important concepts.