Beating the Math Blues : Stop Multiplication Tears With This Quick Game

by Patrick on April 13, 2010

Illustration of PatrickI had a kid invent this game because she didn’t like the multiplication game we were playing. All she did was take a piece of paper and draw a target. In the middle ring was a 6, in the next was a 4, and the outer ring had a 3.

She took the dice rolled a 6  and it landed in the last ring.

“Six time three is eighteen, ” she said triumphantly, and recorded it on another piece of paper.

The class loves the game.

Another group of students decided to add up the total after five rounds (18+12+6+15+24).

What a lucky day: a no-stress way to practice multiplication and addition in one fell swoop.

{ 3 comments }

Susan April 13, 2010 at 6:11 am

If they used two die, they can play/multiple through 12’s.
Also easy to focus on areas being taught, reviewed or individualized for a particular student(s) through planned section of target numbers. You already thought of this.

Queenie April 13, 2010 at 8:33 am

What I love about this story is that it illustrates that kids are so intuitive about how to meet their own needs-Your student had a problem, found a solution and it alleviated stress for you and her. I also appreciate that you trusted your student enough to allow her to do this. Kudos to you Patrick…
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Melissa April 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Great tip, Patrick! I’m going to try it with a student of mine who’s having difficulty with multiplication tomorrow. Will let you know how it turns out!
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