FREE Missing Factor Multiplication Game

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.ย  tudents 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.

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Students usually master their 2s facts quite 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.

Grab your free Bunny Bump game here! Check out this post for another free game for practicing doubles.

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1. Mrs. Parker says:

Love the artwork as well as the content. ๐

1. Donna Boucher says:

Thanks! It was fun using the bunnies. ๐

2. Mr. Jimmy says:

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!

1. Donna Boucher says:

I loved using your bunnies, Jimmy! I’m so glad you like how they turned out. ๐

3. Mr. Jimmy says:

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!

1. Donna Boucher says:

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

4. Tricia says:

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.

1. Donna Boucher says:

My pleasure, Tricia! Glad you like the game. ๐

5. Mags says:

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.

1. Donna Boucher says:

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