Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Factors Multiples Arrays OH MY!

It must have been all the sleep I got during the Thanksgiving Break, but I managed to finish up a math packet I've been working on for a bit. I started it when I noticed my students weren't having much luck grasping the idea behind multiplication strategies. I want them to have several ways to think about solving multiplication and division problems when standardized testing time rolls around. I usually start by asking the class what ways do they know to solve a problem like 3x12.

This year when I asked I got the logarithm method of straight vertical multiplication. When I probed for another way...*crickets crickets crickets*

Even when I lead them with ideas such as drawing 3 circles and putting 12 shapes inside each, or mentioned arrays I still got complete blank stares out of my 19 students. They were fascinated as I showed them the lattice method of multiplication and moved into the area model. They loved those and started using them right away.

And the idea for this packet of activities was born.

I didn't manage to get everything in this one, but after 34 slides, I figured it was time to let it go. Here's what I did include in it:

Classroom posters (1 each for Factors, Multiples, and Arrays)
Divisibility Rules
Factor Activities including worksheet and game
Array homework and worksheet ideas
Making Arrays
Array word problems
Multiplication tables (blank and filled)
Multiples word problems
Multiples games

You can find it right HERE

Sunday, December 01, 2013

TpT+Cyber Monday!

Did you survive Black Friday? Or are you still feeling the shopping itch?
TpT is throwing a huge Cyber Sale Monday and Tuesday, December 2 & 3. For these two exciting days only, I will be offering 20% off ALL of my products. Even more amazingly, TpT is going to stack their own sale onto mine, making for a combined 28% off my entire store! Make sure to use Code CYBER when checking out.
Might be time to grab that Frindle novel pack you've been eying, or that Mentor Sentence 10 week unit while you can!