Monsters and Multiplication! A great combination high interest and motivating.
The children walked into the classroom with a new bulletin board announcing a multiplication tournament that about to begin with MONSTERS! ( It is October ;-) They became very interested and excited. It begins when we finish our read aloud 7 X 9 = Trouble I explained. See here for more on this clever book.
During this 2-3 week tournament we will be learning how to visually draw our repeated addition problems and learn a short cut multiplication! The children will learn their tables and use 'tricks' like Wilson needed in our read aloud if they struggle with the 7s, 8s and 9s like him.