A Multiplication Game for the Nine Times Tables: Jump is a fast paced enjoyable math game. The students place their fingers on the frog foot prints, wait for the caller to read an algorithm, call out the answer then jump their fingers to the answer. This game is one of the ones students always choose when given free choice of what math game they would like to play.
What You Need:
1 game board
1 set of nine times tables cards
Calculators (in their place as a learning tool)
How to Play:
1. Elect a caller for the first round.
2. Players One and Two place their index finger and their middle finger on the footprints on the lily pads ready to leap.
3. Caller shuffles the cards, flips the top card and reads the algorithm to the players.
4. Players work out the algorithm in their minds and then, when they have the answer, ‘jump’ with both their fingers onto the answer. NB Players must not move until they say the answer.
5. Play a best of 9 competition.
6. The Caller plays the winner of the first round.
7. Play continues in this fashion until a champion is found.
NB - In the second version of the game the caller reads out the answer to the algorithm and the students just to the actual algorithm.
Before the Game:
- Discuss how this game is designed to help students achieve automaticity in these number facts.
- Discuss ‘helpful’ and ‘unhelpful’ self talk.
- Ensure the students have a concrete understanding of the algorithms.
During the Game:
- Ask, 'Which facts do you think you need to work on to do better at this game?'
- Ask, ' What strategies have you put in place to ensure you learn that fact?'
- Say, 'When I was learning this stuff I found... (insert favourite strategy) helped me. How about you give it a go and see if it works for you.'
After the Game:
- In your mind you will have noticed the facts you were yet to achieve automaticity. Write them down and work on them as we will play this game again in a couple of days.
- I love drawing this game board up in chalk on the playground concrete or on the carpet in my classroom. I then have groups of 5 or 6 students play the game where they physically jump on the numbers. It is soooooooo much fun but the students MUST take the responsibility for playing safely.
- When introducing a new set of number facts I insist on all students using calculators as a tool for learning. Ensure the students see automaticity is much more desirable than relying on the calculator.
Included in this Printable Download:
1 high color nine times table game board in the form 9x4
1 high color nine times table game board in the form 4x9
1 high color nine times table game board with the table algorithm answers
1 low color nine times table game board in the form 9x4
1 low color nine times table game board in the form 4x9
1 low color nine times table game board with the table algorithm answers
1 set of rules and teaching points
41 nine times table flash cards
PLUS - 1 PowerPoint file with all color boards and algorithm cards for easy explanation and Number Talks