As much as I hate doing things like flashcards and worksheets and rote stuff, it just has to be done for multiplication. There a great ways to teach it and practice it, but the amount of speed that needs to be developed to make that memorization useful in later years requires some drill style practice.
I actually came up with this idea when I was working on the upper grade spelling unit I posted last week. My mind started running (as it often does) and I realized that I could use this hidden answer thing with almost anything!
At first I was thinking they could read the problem, say the answer, then pull out the answer to self check. Sounds good right?
Then I thought, "I could totally differentiate with this!"
Kids who are having problems with only certain facts can practice just those. Like 9x6 and 4x8.
Kids who are having problems with only certain tables, like the 4's for example, could just practice those.
Kids who need a bit more of a challenge? Take all the sticks out and put them and the pockets in serparate containers. They have to put them all back together!
The product I uploaded to my store has all the facts from 0x0 to 12x12 in half sheet sizes!
They are white in the file so you can print them without using up all your colored ink. In the cute pics above I printed them right onto cute paper!
Go get 'em now in my Teachers Pay Teachers store (which by the way, is still on sale 28% off through today!) And remember to use code BTS13 at checkout!