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Tuesday Teacher Tips: Multiplication Posters

Welcome to the Tuesday Teacher Tips series! Each week we’ll highlight teaching and learning resources, ideas to use in the classroom, as well as things to ponder as you go about your teaching day.

Recently my class made interactive posters, covering the school walls with multiplication facts. My students love seeing other kids in school—fellow third graders, first graders, or even the sixth graders—trying to solve the multiplication problems and then checking their answers. 

Materials needed:

  • Construction paper, 9 x 12
  • Index cards
  • Tape
  • Markers

How to:
1.  Assign each student a multiplication problem.

2.  On their construction paper, students should:

  • Write the multiplication problem two different ways (4 x 3, 3 x 4).
  • Write the corresponding repeated addition problems (4 + 4 + 4, 3 + 3 + 3 +3).
  • Draw a picture to go with the problem (an array or groups of objects).
  • Write the answer.
  • Tape the index card over the answer, just at the top so students can check the answer underneath.

3.  When students finished, I assigned them a new multiplication problem. 

4.  Tape the posters around the school—near the drinking fountains, at the bathrooms, and in the lunch room—anywhere that lots of students will see them and try them out.

What are some other ideas to get students thinking about math—even when they are in the hall waiting to get a drink?  Email us and let us know.  We’d love to hear what you do in your school!

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