This is an intermediate practice game for 3rd graders who are in the midst of learning their multiplication facts. I made it for a teacher in my school and while I don’t like it, I guess some of your might.
Here’s why I don’t like it: it practices 2 sets of multiplication facts that really aren’t “facts” at all: the times 2 and the times 10 facts. The times 2 facts are “doublings” which kids learn about in 1st and solidify in 2nd grade, so I don’t see the need to practice it in 3rd grade. The tens facts are what is known as “generalizable” facts, which means that if you know one ten fact, you know them all: just add a zero to the number and you have the answer (although what is really happening is that by adding a 0 to the right side of a number we are pushing the current digit in the ones place into the tens place, which is a much deeper and truly mathematical expression. You should really make your students say this: “I’m putting a zero on the right end of the number, but by doing that, I’m forcing all the other digits to move one place to the left, which is the characteristic of a base 10 number system.)
Still, I made this somewhat respectable by not putting in x 0 and x 1, which are both generalizable facts and have no business being in a multiplication practice game. The “easier” version has the numbers on both sides in order, so as your students fill in the numbers, it will form a pattern in each row and column.
The second version was suggested by one of my students: she complained that the game was “too easy” because you could use the patterns to figure out where to place the tiles. So I mixed up the order of the rows and the columns, so that it doesn’t form a pattern, which means that students need to be a little more proficient with the actual multiplication facts.
This is a modified version of a much more comprehensive packet which you can find here and looks like this: