I’m really old, but yet I can still remember learning my multiplication tables when I was in 3rd grade. Mrs. Lynch would have us listen to each times table as a song on her record player, and I could sing you those songs still today. Combine her strategy with having us practice with flash cards, and needless to say, I memorized all of my facts by year’s end.
I carry some of that tradition to my own classroom, and I hope it is effective. Students have been listening to and watching the Schoolhouse Rock! videos for each of the times tables through ten. Some tunes are catchier than others, but they are all cute. I can sing those, too, ha ha.
We continue to progress through our quizzes. We have a specific routine for quizzing that I learned from working with Laura Candler and her book Mastering Math Facts: Multiplication and Division. We are working as a team to conquer the 0-10’s tables this year, and so far, we have all mastered 0-3.
Recently I videotaped our routine to share with families at home. Miss Sally (my mom) was nice enough to run the camera while we went about our business. You can check out the video on the blog. [You can also check out the post that Laura Candler wrote about us on HER blog here: Mastering Math Facts in Action] [OR, you can learn more about her program here: Multiplication File Cabinet]
To practice, students can be using flash cards, online games, oral practice, or our Fact Fluency program online. The same program we use in the computer lab can also be accessed while at home.
Five minutes per night is really all it takes – but just imagine how much progress can be made if each student practiced for 10 minutes per night!!
What’s to Come:
This past Friday, we had our first round of Book Talks. Have your children done these before? All I could say was WOW. I recorded all of them, and then when I went to process the files at home, I realized that no audio was recorded! So, those that wished to, were re-recorded today at school. They were very forgiving! The first week is always the roughest, even after 7 years!!
We are chewing through pencils like they are Twizzlers. I grabbed some from the office, and bought some on my own, but it seems that we must be doing an awful lot of writing lately! If you have any pencils laying around the house, send them on in and we’ll put them to good use!
It just might be cold enough for ice to freeze on the ponds – Figure Eight, anyone??