Fidget spinners could serve as terrific little moving math triangles. If used in an organized,purposeful way, these spinners could help students be motivated, meet challenges, embrace competition, and memorize math facts! It’s simple and its fun! Similar to "Minute to Win It"...an activity to see how much can be done in a limited amount of time.
Like math triangles, math triangle spinners can be used to learn the commutative property of math facts (3x7=21 and 7x3=21-sometimes called “turn around” facts)as well as their inverse operations (21 ÷ 3= 7 and 21 ÷ 7 =3).
The little “extra” thing that math triangle spinners offer is movement, and it makes the whole task of learning the facts to automaticity more fun. In fact, the students won’t even realize they’re “studying” the facts! That won’t even seem like a task anymore!
The spinners could be used as rewards for the winners as well. It’s up to the teacher, of course, but if students aren't allowed to use fidget spinners at will in the classroom, the spinners could be used as a reward in the controlled ways that follow. Perhaps the person who is rewarded the spinner can borrow it for the day, half day, at a certain time of the day. That in itself may prove to be motivating enough to get the kids to study their facts!
Each student will actually spin a spinner at an activity center or station. Only 2 students at a time. Teacher chooses the times table (or addition table) that will be represented on the spinner.
There are 2 different activities at the center, each having 2 tries (1 try for the fact itself and the other try for the turnaround fact), so each student has 4 turns. Record results. Time: 10-15 min.
Don’t change the fact until every student has tried it. (this may take up to 1 week).
***Note: Pleas use commercially manufactured fidget spinners rather than DIY spinners because they spin for a longer time.