Transitions are a difficult time for students. It’s easy for kids to misbehave and waste time. I don’t have all the answers for successful transitions, but I do have one: SING! If kids are singing, they can’t talk. (You might have to start the song over a few times to enforce this.)
If kids are singing Best Multiplication Songs EVER!, they are learning their times tables during each transition. My multiplication songs are short—most are about 30 seconds long. It’s a good length of time for many transitions.
My class works on times tables in a team approach. Say we are working on 3s. We sing the 3s while we line up for recess, lunch, special, end of day, you name it! We sing our 3s if we have a little time between activities.
This tip comes straight from my Best Multiplication Workbook EVER! The section on teaching 2 digit multiplication is very helpful for teachers looking to scaffold learning. I break long multiplication into 3 sections—multiplying multidigit numbers by 1, 2 or 3 digits. Within each section, a dozen or more lessons teach the process step by step.
Please use these two FREE sample pages with your class to introduce 2 digit multiplication. This introductory lesson lets your students learn the Hugs and Kisses method to keep their numbers lined up when they have to put in that place holding O. (The place holding O is the hug. You put an X, or kiss, over a number to kiss it goodbye when you are through with it.)
The workbook lets students practice Hugs and Kisses by beginning with multiplying times 11. This isolates the Hugs and Kisses skill, allowing students to focus on the procedure, not the math.
Friday is Star Wars Day! It’s doubly exciting because for many of us, Friday is also the last day before Winter Break. Doing Star Wars lessons lets you neatly sidestep actual holidays.
Mr. Mangham, a sixth grade math teacher in Southlake, Texas, has created a Star Wars-themed packet centered around algebraic reasoning. The entire packet is here. Scroll through and choose what you like. I enjoy the following lessons from the packet. I have split the large pdf into these easy-to-access pdfs for you. I have made no changes and take no credit.