A few years ago during a professional development day a speaker talked about how abstract multiplication can be when it is first being introduced. We teach our students that when you multiply, the number gets “bigger”, but we often start by asking them to master the zero times table because it’s so easy to remember they are all zero…however, the numbers aren’t getting bigger so this isn’t necessarily a good place to start.
The speaker suggested starting with the tables that are easy to skip count, so that summer I revamped all of my drills and have been using this system ever since! I don’t know if anyone else has ever thought of this, but before creating my own, I searched everywhere to find a set without any success.
Included in this product are 16 drills (0’s-10’s, plus 5 mixed review). Once my students have mastered all of these, I give them a 100 problem mixture I found online some time ago.
You can make your own rules for how you want to give them, but I will share what I do. The top 40 problems are for warm-up to get the brain thinking, and the pencil moving. I give students 2 minutes and then they switch to the bottom for another 2 minutes, which is the portion I grade. My rule is that they have to get ALL 40 problems correct in the 2 minutes (with some exceptions of course just depending on the student). I used to give each student an individualized goal for a 1 minute timing, so there is a section on each drill if you would like to use the goal system; I have just found that giving them an extra minute and asking that they complete all 40 problems has worked better for me.
In addition to the drills, I have also included a list detailing the order of the drills that you can send home so parents know what it means when a student says "I'm on 'J', etc.".
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