Today is Monday, so of course that means it is time for The OC Blog’s Terrific Teaching Tools! Today, I thought maybe we would link up with the Teaching Blog Addict Summer Workshop on great teaching multiplication ideas! Parents and teachers are always looking for unique ways to teach multiplication and there are a ton of ideas to check out at the linky party!
I know in my classroom, it was not just the rote memorization which needed adjustment, but rather the concept of multiplication as a whole. I have found that if students do not understand the basic tenants of multiplication (equal groups of items that are counted in sections, that it is the same as repeated addition, etc.), they tend to have a much tougher time learning the facts they will need throughout their lives.
When I was on the hunt for a different resource, I found this wonderful book that really helped to pound in the idea of how multiplication works while also using literature and writing skills (BONUS!) It is called Math Poetry: Linking Language and Math in a Fresh Way: Grades 2-5: Teacher Resource by Betsy Franco.
In this book, the author uses poetry and templates to teach many math concepts, but multiplication is one that is addressed as well. She includes templates, pictures, and examples of what student work should look like as well, which is always helpful! One example listed in the book of an actual student poem:
4 feet on a dog
and two more come along
and now all 12 feet
sign a sad song.
~Dulce, grade 3
And another listed:
8 legs on a spider,
another one comes by.
Night to midnight,
3 spider robbers come.
Now all the spiders together
have 40 legs.
~Inez, grade 3
At first, I realized I had to think about these poems, but when I saw the accompanying student illustrations I then noticed that the students had some two-step processes and had actually made it more complex than I had assumed it would be. There is also an included rubric just for the multiplication poem section, which is fantastic and keeps you from having to create your own. Multiplication Mathematickles (riddles) are also mentioned in the book.
Other topics in the book that utilize teaching with poetry include:
- Number Sense Poems
- Shape Riddles
- Addition Poems
- Subtraction Poems
- Estimation Poems
- Money Blues Poems
- Measurement Poems
- Division Odes
- Fraction Poems
- Free-form Math Poems
- Addition and Subtraction Mathematickles
- Multiplication Mathematickles
- Multiplication Tables Mathematickles
- Simple Division and Inverse Operations Mathematickles
- Long Division Mathematickles
- Fractions and Geometry Mathematickles
- Graphing Mathematickles
- Algebra Mathematickles: The Properties
- Algebra Mathematickles: The Unknown
Math Poetry: Linking Language and Math in a Fresh Way: Grades 2-5: Teacher Resource is a great resource for teaching using an alternative curriculum model and assessment technique. It will not resonate with all students, but as a teacher, you are always differentiating the instruction for different learning styles anyway. This would particular work well for your linguistic intelligent children.
Plus, maybe you have a budding poet and you didn’t even know? Have fun and feel free to post some of your poems in the comments below!