I found the perfect sized canvas bag at the dollar tree. I bought six bags and a set of flash cards for each. I added a deck of Every Day math cards for the card games they have learned in class. I added a couple of things every week to the bags focusing on a specific times table. ex. "I have/who has," memory cards, flip books, etc. I also added a few games that covered all the facts. The bags started getting very full, so I emptied them out a few weeks ago and now let the children pick out what they want to work on. I am now adding activities that cover other math standards and subject areas. I found flip books at the Dollar Tree for states and capitols.

As of November 1st, I can proudly state that I have 14 out of 22 students who have passed their fact quizzes. (I give 50 problems in 4 minutes) They love getting their stars on their VIP passes(earlier post). I also have a special award for the Extreme VIP's. They have been working on multiplying 3 factors. I have 3 students who have accomplished that feat. (I am not sure if I could do it)

Here is one of the kids favorite games in the HW Bags:

**Multiplication Boom*****to play the children take turns drawing facts until someone gets a bomb**

Start saving Crystal Light containers- Target had some round cans for their brand

Cover cans with red paper

Add labels and cover with contact paper...I used Packing Tape

Poke hole in cover and add a piece of jute

Print sheet of booms for each can

Print sheets of facts for each can.

Click the images below for links to print:

Click on the image to for the link to site for flashcards:

That was creative! My 4th grade class is seriously behind on knowing their facts. They'd much rather count on their fingers or do tally marks on paper than memorize. This idea is really on point. I haven't been successful in getting them excited about knowing the basics. Any ideas?

ReplyDeleteI started with giving timed test daily for the first few weeks. I then switched to 2x a week. I used the multiplication VIP passes to get the kids motivated and they really wanted to earn the stickers. The kids put on their passes for good luck. I use on-line stopwatch.com during the test (they have bombs, eggtimers, clocks, etc.) which the kids love. I also talked to parents at our curriculum night and told them to go to Dollar Tree and get flash cards. I send home the HW bags and I use many multiplication games in class. I will post our favorite next week. Thanks for leaving a comment and good luck!

ReplyDeleteThe links are not working

ReplyDeleteThanks Kelli for letting me know...I fixed them. If they still don't work please let me know! I am still new to this and trying to figure it all out!

ReplyDeleteThe flashcards work but not the boom cards either set!

ReplyDeleteYou could email to me if you wanted to. kbeason@stmarksschool.com

I sent you an email. :)

ReplyDeleteI also couldn't get the links to work. Would you mind sharing with me also. Awesome ideas.

ReplyDeleteJitterbugtochina@yahoo.com

Becky, I sent you an email with an attachment. I added a new link under the pictures on my blog. Will you try those and let me know if they work? Thanks!

ReplyDeletethis sounds amazing...will def. try...

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