Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Chewin' Up Multiplication Facts!

This year my class is Chewin' Up Multiplication Facts!  We started passing off multiplication facts at the end of September.  Our goal is to have mastered all multiplication facts to 12 before Christmas Break.  My original idea was to have Skittles in my candy machine and each student gets a handful of skittles after they pass each fact off.  Well, my candy machine ended up unloading about 20 Skittles at a time, and that just wasn't going to work.  The current plan is that when they have passed off through the 9's facts, they will not only be rewarded with a popcorn and movie party, but also their own pack of skittles!  

We are keeping track of our progress.  First, we want to show off to everyone in the hall how we are doing on our multiplication facts.  Since my theme in my classroom is zebra, I made our huge gumball machine and decorated it with some zebra stripes.

I cut out and laminated different color circles and wrote numbers on them to represent which multiplication fact was mastered.  When a student passes off a fact, we add that number fact gumball onto our class gumball machine.  Look how well we are doing so far!!

Then I wanted each student to have their own visual to see how well they are doing.  I printed off a gumball machine picture that I found online, blew it up a little, and printed it on cardstock.  I let each student decorate their own how they liked and we put them on our classroom door.  When they pass off a multiplication fact, I give them a colored circle sticker to add to their personal gumball machine.

The students love visuals and to be able to see how they are doing each week.  Keep Chewin' up those facts!!


  1. I like how you make the exercises fun and colorful. That is key when keeping kids interested.