Do you look for fun homework ideas?
We know that homework is most effective when it’s clearly related to class work. It should consolidate or revise concepts taught in class. It should be within the child’s ability level and definitely shouldn’t overwhelm them.
Reading each night is a part of many teacher’s homework activities as is learning spelling words but what do you work do you set for math?
Learning the multiplication tables with homework games
If you’re a third grade teacher you’d know that learning the multiplication tables is a massive part of the year third grade math curriculum. This makes setting multiplication homework ideal. But rather than setting a worksheet full of multiplication facts, which let’s be honest, no child likes, consolidate the multiplication facts with a game. It’s much more engaging!
Just like my addition strategy homework games, the left-hand side of each multiplication game has a thinking strategy to prompt the child, as well as answers to each multiplication fact for that times table.
Before the child starts the game, this side of the game is folded over. When the child lands on a multiplication fact they must write it down and answer it – perfect for accountability. You’ll know they’ve done their homework because they will have written down twenty multiplication facts during the game. In fact, the game doesn’t end until all twenty facts are recorded.
If kids don’t know the answer to the multiplication fact they can open up the flap. Once they quickly ‘sneak a peek’ and read the strategy or find the fact, they can record the answer.
My parents love math homework games because it gives them the math language that we use in class. It also provides them with the strategy needed to help their child work out the answer. My kids love them because it’s a game.
You don’t need to worry about sending home dice either, kids move according to a coin toss.
Don’t think that they are just for homework, teachers have used them for their sub tubs, in math centers, and for early finishers too!
You can grab a pack from my TPT store.