9 Times Table Trick

This is one of my favourite times table strategies to teach kids. They get so excited when they see how it works! - Have your hands out in front of you. - Mentally number them 1-10, from left to right. - Whichever number you are multiplying 9 by, place that finger down. Eg. For 3 x 9 put your left hand middle finger down. - How many fingers are to the left of the finger you placed down? How many are to the right? Put those 2 numbers side by side & that's your answer! Eg. For 3 x 9, the left middle finger is down. There are 2 fingers to the left, 7 to the right. 3 x 9 = 27 I tried to take photos to demonstrate this but it was a bit tricky by myself! Instead I searched & found this great link & photo for you

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Multiplication Houses

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This Math Art activity is a creative way to help students practice their multiplication facts. Students draw their house, cut out the windows & then glue onto another piece of paper. The answers are then written under the window flaps. I used A4 paper for this example (white for the top layer and red for the bottom layer) because A4 paper is usually more readily available for a relief teacher. They are sturdier, & look even better, when made with A3 card! To cut out the windows I slightly fold the paper, cut a small slit, unfold and then continue to cut the opening. Younger grades (years 3/4) may need your help with cutting the slits for the windows. There may be a few capable students who can also help their classmates out with this step. Alternatively, and an easier option, is to cut out window shapes from another piece

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Area Dice Game

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This game is an old favourite. I used to play it when I was at school! It is good as a mental maths or early finishers task. They will be working on area, perimeter, addition and multiplication, all in one game! Area Dice Game A game for 2 or 3 players. Each player chooses a colour pencil or texta they will use in the game. Players take turns rolling the dice, using the numbers that they rolled to draw the perimeter of a rectangle or square & writing the area in the middle of the shape. Game ends when players run out of room to draw. Winner is the player who has used the largest area/most squares. A couple of tips: Have the students add up their areas as they go so that it is easier for them to work out the winner in the end! I always take with

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