Multiplication Facts

Below are some links to online games and activities to practise multiplication skills in a fun way. Grade 3 students are expected to multiply up to 7 X 7 using mental strategies such as doubling and skip counting. Grade 2 students are expected to understand multiplication as the combining of equal groups and demonstrate this in a variety of ways. I have given the grade 2’s the option of participating in the multiplication quizzes. The students are at varying levels and will be given different quizzes to reflect this. The focus is on self-improvement. The progression is as follows:

2x and 4x
2x, 4x and 5x
2x, 4x, 5x, and 3x
2x, 4x, 5x, 3x, and 6x
2x, 4x, 5x, 3x, 6x, and 7x

Times Table Tests, Flashcards, Magnetic Fun
Multiplication Concentration
Math Magician

There are many more games online. Try searching “online multiplication games grade ___”


Science, Self-assessment & Proportional Reasoning

We are excited to embark on our next journey of learning in science. Here are the big ideas that will be explored.Today each grade shared their prior knowledge in a Knowledge Building Circle and then recorded this knowledge in a format of their choosing. Image
Here are a few examples of the growth students are showing in the self-assessment of their writing. Click to view a larger picture.

Today’s math problem involved multiplication and proportional reasoning. Unfortunately, I did not take pictures but would like to share how impressed I was with the communication of math thinking. Students are using pictures, numbers, labels, symbols and words to clearly show their work and solutions. For more information on proportional reasoning check out this video- The Importance of Proportional Reasoning in Your Child’s Math Development.

Circles, Dots and Paragraphs

This week room 6 started a unit on multiplication. Today the students played Circles and Dots to reinforce the understanding of multiplication as the combining of equal groups. Here are the instructions so you can play at home – Circles and Dots Game. All you need is a die and pencil and paper. An additional rule we added in the classroom is to write the corresponding repeated addition sentence, alongside the multiplication sentence, with each turn taken.

Although we are finished our unit on time the boys and girls are continuing to refine their analogue clock reading skills. I covered the digital clock in the classroom earlier this week and banned peeking to look in the hallway for the digital time. Please practise at home in everyday conversations to give real life meaning to these skills.

After spending a few days writing and discussing paragraphs we wrote our learning goal and success criteria. The students then applied these criteria to some writing samples from previous EQAO tests. Tomorrow they will write their own paragraph about a place they would like to visit. Once completed they will assign the paragraph a level and justify their thinking.

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The grade 3’s are quickly becoming multiplication experts! First the lessons focussed on understanding and representing multiplication. The children have a great toolkit of strategies to draw on to meet their needs. Some of the ways they can demonstrate their understanding are through making groups, creating arrays, writing repeated addition sentences, writing multiplication sentences, jumping on a number line and drawing diagrams. Next we moved on to mental math skills so that students develop skills to recall facts quickly. Today the class worked on some problem solving to apply their knowledge. I was impressed by the range of strategies used to find solutions. One area that showed room for improvement was “showing their work” or the steps taken to get to the answer (even if it was done with mental math). We will review this tomorrow. Although we are wrapping up the unit this week we will still practice multiplication facts regularly. Below are some links to online games to improve skills. Please keep practising facts up to 7 X 7 at home. Fluency in these facts is important for keeping up in math in the grades ahead and they are very handy in everyday life. Last week I did a lot of multiplying when I ordered school supplies. I needed to determine how many boxes of erasers, pencils, glue sticks  and markers to order for the grade 3 class. Share the ways you use multiplication in your life by commenting on this post.

Times Table Tests, Flashcards, Magnetic Fun
Multiplication Concentration
Math Magician