St. Patty's Math {Thank You Dollar Tree!}

I haven't been doing much teaching lately, hence the MIA status here on this 'ol blog. My student intern is in full swing these days and as much as I enjoy the feeling of being "caught up"...I miss teaching my sweet kiddos. I find myself sneaking in a small group here and there just to feel like I'm doing something with my day
{other than data input!}. HA! ;)
 
I stopped by Dollar Tree last night for a quick peek at their St. Patty's Day garb.
I found these guys and they got my wheels spinning!
Lately, my kiddos have been been known to practice multiplication facts during writing centers...spelling centers...and reading centers...and it drives me 10 kinds of crazy! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE that they love math...but I had to find a way to get them to save math for math centers!
These goodies will save the day...I hope! ;)
Our state standard teaches the basic foundation of times tables: repeated addition and equal grouping. I have an ambitious group and they have been BEGGING to learn how to multiply "for real"! Bless their little hearts.
 
Here's what I came up with!
I don't have the coin problem file to share due to copyright on the graphic, but you get the idea! You could just use index cards or make your own coin graphic, if inclined.
 
Basically, the kids choose a problem and then represent it using plastic coins as counters. If the problem calls for less than 4 groups, students can use the foam clovers to cover the cutouts if they need that extra support.
Hope it's something you can use or modify to help your little people master their facts!
I only created problems up to the 4 facts, but you certainly could grab three mats and go up to facts of 12!
Cheers!

2 comments

  1. I bought the exact same things!!! I'm using mine for sight word practice in kindergarten. Love how you used it for multiplication!

    The Kindergarten Center

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