Thursday, February 13, 2014

Fun with Multiplication and Coordinate Pairs

Here's a quick peek at some of the enrichment activities we've been doing to supplement Hunter's math curriculum:

Is there a better way to practice using coordinate pairs than playing Battleship?  I think not.

Hunter completed his awesome Multiplication Mastery program a few weeks ago, and we're back to working in the DK Math Made Easy workbook.

To help reinforce the introduction to coordinate pairs, Daddy played Battleship with Hunter.  It was a lot of fun for both of them, and gave Hunter a much more concrete understanding of how coordinate pairs can be used to give a location on a two-dimensional grid.

This Multiplication Concept Chart is a freebie, perfect to use after watching this Study Jams video:

The video explains multiplication as repeated addition, and introduces the terms "factor", "product", and "properties".  To find the video, click the pic!

This Multiplication Fold and Learn activity is one of the many fantastic products we've purchased from Lita Lita.  It's only $1.50!

As Hunter completed each of the times tables in the Multiplication Mastery program, he also completed the page for this booklet.

When he'd learned the times tables 0-10, we put it all together to show his work and for future practice.  I love how it came out!

My boys like math, and they really like Skittles!  I was thrilled to find this packet of math activities that brings the two together!  Check out Skittles Math Printables for the Upper Grades by Teaching With a Mountain View.

Hunter really enjoyed the Skittles Arrays activity.

Knowing that he got to keep and eventually eat the Skittles he used encouraged him to make larger, more complex arrays than he might have otherwise.  We both really look forward to using the other activities in this packet, which go all the way up to the 6th grade level!

This "Everyday Arrays" project was inspired by this fantastic post at E is for Explore!, one of my favorite blogs.  Hunter took the camera on a hunt for arrays around the house, taking photos of the ones he found.  (A few of the photos were really blurry, so we found replacements online.)  Some examples of what he found are the drawers of his father's toolbox, my eyeshadow compact, a Lego, an ice cube tray, and a muffin tin.

We printed the pictures and glued them to the poster paper.  He colored the title and stamped the equations in the frames, and then cut and glued those on as well.  It came out great!  If you'd like free copies of the title  (blank, to be colored by the student) and equation frames (2 sizes), you can download them here:

For many more multiplication freebies and ideas, try our Pinterest board:

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