August 17, 2015

My 3 Top Ways to Teach Multiplication and Division Fact Power

Today I'm super excited to share with all of you how I teach multiplication and division to my students! So let's get started!!

Having Fact Power

If you're looking for new ways to teach multiplication and division to your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students - this is the place to be! You'll find out how to incorporate movement into your lessons for your kinesthetic learners, some great games to try, some amazing visuals, and there are even resources to make planning go easier. Click through now to try these multiplying and dividing tips for yourself! Great for your third, fourth, and fifth grade classroom or homeschool students!

Learning multiplication and division facts with fluency and accuracy is crucial to higher math skills.
Here are my 3 top ways I teach Multiplication and Division Fact Power Mastery...

Movement

I believe moment is so important in the classroom for all learners.  I didn't quite understand the importance of movement until I had 3 little active boys of my own at home. Now I incorporate movement in all my lessons for whole group, small group and even when I teach 1 to 1.

Whole Brain Teaching and Brain Gym are some of my main "go to" activities.  Sometimes I will mix in a short activity of Scoot or throwing a soft ball around the room.  I may ask a student to tell me all the factors of 6.  When the student is done, I'll toss a giant beach ball or invite them to throw a velcro bug at my froggie mitt.

If you're looking for new ways to teach multiplication and division to your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students - this is the place to be! You'll find out how to incorporate movement into your lessons for your kinesthetic learners, some great games to try, some amazing visuals, and there are even resources to make planning go easier. Click through now to try these multiplying and dividing tips for yourself! Great for your third, fourth, and fifth grade classroom or homeschool students!

Games

I adore games! They are a great way to teach multiplication and division too! Dice Games, Coloring by Code, Tic Tac Toe and the list goes on. My students and I love beginning math class with a quick 5 minute game that refreshes multiplication or division facts.

If you're looking for new ways to teach multiplication and division to your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students - this is the place to be! You'll find out how to incorporate movement into your lessons for your kinesthetic learners, some great games to try, some amazing visuals, and there are even resources to make planning go easier. Click through now to try these multiplying and dividing tips for yourself! Great for your third, fourth, and fifth grade classroom or homeschool students!
  
My kiddos love practicing their fact recall through the game format in class and as a homework assignment. I have created several multiplication and division practice packets full of kid tested games to increase fact power. Each packet focuses solely on one factor to help mastery.

Get out my Multiplication Bundle by checking it out in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

You can also click through to see my Long Division Math Bundle.  

If you're looking for new ways to teach multiplication and division to your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students - this is the place to be! You'll find out how to incorporate movement into your lessons for your kinesthetic learners, some great games to try, some amazing visuals, and there are even resources to make planning go easier. Click through now to try these multiplying and dividing tips for yourself! Great for your third, fourth, and fifth grade classroom or homeschool students!

Visuals 

Our Math Focus wall is an important focal point during lessons as we teach multiplication and division.  As I have gotten older, I figured out that I was a visual learner.  I need visual support to help me remember vocabulary and concepts. Many of my students are visual learners as well.

To help my students remember the numerous mathematical strategies, I have created adorable beanie baby names and posters to match our math strategies.  Here are some of our Beanie Babies that are part of our focus wall.


If you're looking for new ways to teach multiplication and division to your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students - this is the place to be! You'll find out how to incorporate movement into your lessons for your kinesthetic learners, some great games to try, some amazing visuals, and there are even resources to make planning go easier. Click through now to try these multiplying and dividing tips for yourself! Great for your third, fourth, and fifth grade classroom or homeschool students!

The students love looking at and touching the beanie babies to help them remember math strategies. We will sometimes play a mini game of catch or a student will walk around with a Beanie Baby that is the focus of the lesson.  Visual and kinesthetic learning...bonus!  

My students took such a liking to the Beanie Babies that each week there is a Beanie Baby King and Queen job.  These students are each in charge of a Beanie Baby Basket.  

The Beanie Babies are sorted by Common Core State Standards (1. Measurement and Data   2. Operations and Algebraic Thinking    3.Numbers and Operations in Base Ten and  4.Geometry)  We have a chant and a song to introduce new beanie babies as well. My students and I really can't get enough of these cute soft cuddly guys.

So there you have it...my top 3 ways I teach multiplication and division fact power. Oh and here is a little secret... I love teaching addition and subtraction fact power the same way.

August 10, 2015

TPT and Teacher Blogger Pod Squad

If you know me, you know I adore meeting new people and making new friends...especially teacher friends. I love collaborating and sharing ideas with other educators and always seem to feel an immediate connection with everyone in the teaching field.

Today I'm starting a Facebook Group called "TPT and Teacher Bloggers Pod Squad". The purpose of this group is to work together building our TPT and Teacher Blogger Tribe by listening to business marketing podcasts and 
as a group share how we can apply these strategies to our businesses.

The page will work like a book club but only better because we will be listening to a free assigned podcast on our own time and stopping back to the Facebook Group Page on Fridays to share, reflect, or just stop by the see what others wrote.

So what are you waiting for?  Look us up on Facebook and join us!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1512654119025612/

August 2, 2015

First Day Tried and True Linky Party


Howdy! I am Tricia from Tricia's Terrific Teaching Trinkets! So excited to be a part of this linky party.  Let's get this party started!

I love the first day of school!  The night before the first day, I am a bit nervous and have a hard time sleeping... just like my kiddos.

Here is my favorite icebreaker community builder game.

"Guess the Kiddo"

Age Group:  Kindergarten through Third Grade
Materials:  A name tag for each new student, a seating chart, and a silly personality

Preparation
The night before school I finish up name tags for my new students and draw a classroom seating chart where I will place each student to sit on the first day of school.

Then I memorize the seating chart -  sometimes not as easy as it sounds.

How to Play
On the first day of school, after I introduce myself to the class and tell them a little bit about myself, my family and my teaching career, I tell my students that even through we have never met, I know each one of them by name.  I tell my students that I have "special powers" and as I hand out each nametag necklace, I will be able to find them. No peeking so cover those desk tags.

Then I begin my "acting"...sometimes I sniff looking for a student, look into their ear or come very close to their face. I may call them a wrong name like Darth Vader, Kevin the Minion or whatever movies/books/musicians are popular that August.

Once I find the student, I ask them one question about their favorite food, color, vacation etc... and the student asks me one question about anything they would like.

This game usually lasts around 15-20 minutes and without a doubt gets the giggles going and the first day jitters begin to disappear.

Other First Day of School Ideas include
* Teaching a yoga move like "downward dog", "cat/cow"
* Teaching one or two signs from sign language like "yes", "no", "water"
* Name scavenger hunt
* Beach ball Catch - answer a question about yourself
* "Get to know your Teacher" survey

Thanks for stopping by! Have an amazing beginning to your school year.
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