Missing Factor Freebie Multiplication Game

Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

I’m spotlighting another great TpT clip artist tonight, Mr. Jimmy.  His contemporary and unique style is perfect for older kiddos.  In keeping with my international theme, Jimmy is currently an expat living in Hong Kong teaching English as a second language.  Be sure to check out his store!

When you were learning multiplication facts, did you have trouble remembering some of the bigger facts, like 6 x 8?  I know I sure did.  Back in the ‘old days’, facts were learned through drill and kill.  There was very little understanding involved.  Thankfully, things have changed.  Students are now encouraged to use strategies to learn their facts.  What exactly does that mean?  It means that students use facts they know to help them understand facts they don’t.  This Bump game focuses on the 2s, 4s, and 8s.  These facts are all connected by the doubling strategy.

Students usually master their 2s facts fairly easily, because they are closely connected to addition.  That is, 2 x 4 is the same as 4 + 4.  The 4s facts are double the 2s facts.  So if students know that 2 x 4 = 8, they can double that to find 4 x 4= 16.  Extending it even further, the 8s facts are double the 4s facts, so 8 x 4 is double 16, or 32.

A great book for teaching multiplication and division facts using a strategy based approach is Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Multiplication and Division.

Head over to my TpT store to grab your freebie! I’d really appreciate it if you’d rate the game and leave feedback.  🙂

 

 

10 Comments

  1. Mrs. Parker

    Love the artwork as well as the content. 🙂

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    • Donna Boucher

      Thanks! It was fun using the bunnies. 🙂

      Reply
  2. Mr. Jimmy

    I really can’t get over how great these are. Like I said, I don’t teach math here but I am definitely going to pass this blog along to my colleagues who do. I’m going to follow this blog!

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    • Donna Boucher

      I loved using your bunnies, Jimmy! I’m so glad you like how they turned out. 🙂

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  3. Mr. Jimmy

    As a kid, I too had to memorize this by rote and to make it easier on myself, I used to connect it with addition. I guess I was using the doubles strategy without knowing it!

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    • Donna Boucher

      Absolutely! I think lots of kids were doing it before teachers knew to teach it. Ha ha.

      Reply
  4. Tricia

    I love this new game! And thank you for taking the time to introduce us to so many great artists and resources for creating materials.

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    • Donna Boucher

      My pleasure, Tricia! Glad you like the game. 🙂

      Reply
  5. Mags

    A simple game. Sometimes games are so complicated that there are too many skills needed to achieve. i like games, like these, that are child-led and don’t need an adult to be supporting.

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    • Donna Boucher

      Exactly! Simple games featuring good math learning are the best!

      Reply

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