The multiplication tables, that is. These can be tricky for students as they transition from the concrete state of learning to abstract concepts and thinking. I can remember sitting at the kitchen table and staring at flashcards my mom held up in front of me as I tried to remember the product of 6×7. It was actually more like guessing and I would pray that somehow the right answer would pop into my fuzzy brain. It didn’t happen and I limped along through third and fourth grade still not knowing the 7′s, 8′s, and 9′s multiplication tables. It really wan’t until I started teaching and tutoring that I could do it with automaticity.
So, what do I think is the key to learning the multiplication facts? Drilling. I know it is boring and tedious, but it’s effective. I do know that once the facts are memorized and can be said without counting on fingers or singing a song life in the math world gets easier.
I have found some resources that can help your student memorize the multiplication facts. I am listing a variety of resources as each child is an individual and what works for one student doesn’t necessarily work for another student.
Printable Flashcards These flashcards can be printed in both black and white and color. The flashcards range from 1×12 through 12×12. I have printed them off and glued them onto a file folder. You can see from the pictures both sides of the flashcards. You can see on the second picture that the math equation is printed at the top and the product is the predominate feature of the flashcard. The purpose for this is for the student to see the both of them together at first while they are learning the multiplication facts. Once they become familiar with the product, you can cover up the equation so that only the product (answer) is shown or you can do the reverse; show the equation and they must tell you the product.
Times Chart This website will allow you to generate greater numbers than just to 10. You can make multiple copies and color specific factors on the chart of you wish to do so.
iPad, iPhone and Android Apps Some students bulk at paper and pencil activities, but will play an electronic game. How about using that interest to practice multiplication facts? I found a website called Best Educational Apps that have the top 5 apps listed for the Apple products and 1 app for the Android. All are free except for one that is .99.
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I had a brilliant idea this morning. I thought I would make cookies for my neighbors as a way of saying thanks for all they do throughout the year for us and our neighborhood. We watch each other’s houses when one of us is gone, we shovel snowy driveways, cut each other’s grass and water plants when people are on vacation and have get- togethers throughout the year. Yes, I know, I am truly blessed to have people like that who live here on my street. That’s why I want to sat thanks.
I was going to make gift tags, but thought I’d look around on the internet and save some time if some other kind soul had already made them and was willing to share. Well, I found these cute tags and am going to use them today. Click here to see for yourself!
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This past week I was tutoring a student in regards to reading and writing. I thought it would be a shame to only use it for one student so I thought I’d share it with you.
The first activity was to print off this mini book The First Thanksigving. The book has seven pages which is perfect for young readers. The next thing I did was find pictures that would summarize the page of information we were reading. There are only six pictures, but the last two pages of the mini book are similar so there is only one picture to represent both of them. (They are not anything fancy, but it serves the purpose. Feel free to use this idea and get other pictures if you don’t like my selection.) For Thanksgiving pictures, click here-> Thanksgiving Retelling. Cut these out for the activity. Give your student a piece of blank paper and have them write the title, The First Thanksgiving on the top of the page.
After my student read one page I gave him a choice of two pictures and had him choose which one best described what he had read. He had to glue them on to the First Thanksgiving paper he had created. I then had him write the numeral f the event in the bottom left-hand corner of the picture. We did this for each page until we finished the book.
After all of the pictures were glued it was his turn to tell me about each of them that he had glued onto the paper. Mission accomplished, the retelling of the story was easily done since there was a pictorial representation to refer to when explaining what he read.
If you want, you can have your student write out the story on Thanksgiving themed paper or do one or both of these copywork pages: Thanksgiving copywork Thanksgiving copywork2 You can also have your student color the mini book too if you have time.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family,
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As Thanksgiving nears you may want to add this fantastic resource to your lessons and make time for your children (and you) to go on a field trip to Plimoth Plantation. “What?!” you cry. “We can’t get there this week!”
The good news is that you don’t have to leave your home. You can take a virtual field trip to the plantation and learn about the Pilgrims, the Native Americans and their ways of life. You can also learn about the first Thanksgiving. By taking a virtual field trip your children have the next best thing to being there and you don’t have to spend time or money to get there. How awesome is that?!
While your older students are watching the interpreters, how about having them take notes? This is a great tool to use if you are teaching them the skill of note taking because after each segment there is a review of what was learned. You can see how well your student did while reviewing the information that was given. I love it!
So, how about taking a virtual fieldtrip this week and learn something new about Plimoth Plantation,the surrounding area, and the inhabitants. To begin your adventure click here.
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This might seem like a strange post to list under Pamper Yourself, but I believe it is important to work on skills for ourselves. Therefore, the Train your Brain post.
I first saw the advertisement for lumosity while watching something on the internet with my husband. Since it said it was free and helped your brain, I thought,”Why not give it a try?” I created an account and began my training. You can choose as many categories as you wish, so I think I checked all of them! The “games” begin at an easy level and get progressively harder. I have been training my brain for about a month and my scores have tripled and I do think I am getting faster and remembering more.
Based on what you choose to work on a variety of games are chosen for you. The exercises range in remembering people’s names and their orders, to matching puzzle pieces based upon criteria, to feeding swimming poi in a pond. If you are thinking you are forgetting things or you just don’t feel as sharp as you once did, why not challenge your brain and pamper yourself by knowing that you are making your brain better! See for yourself by clicking here.
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