Try Kicking It - A Program for Mastering Math Facts which my students lovingly call Ninja Math!
Inspire students to memorize their multiplication math facts with a high energy, fast paced, daily review. This amazing product was created by Kelly Malloy from An Apple for the Teacher.
I have tweaked the program a little to best fit my students. Here is a peak at how I run our math fact fluency block during our daily math lesson:
We begin in a circle to practice some skip counting. One student is selected to stand in the middle of the circle to make sure that all of our ninjas are actively engaged. If they are not, they sit down.
The student in the middle calls out a specific move for students to preform with self-control and discipline:
Another student stands at the front of the room, by our Smart Board, and calls out facts ...
4 x 1 =
...and the ninjas yell out 4 while they throw their punch.
4 x 2 =
4 x 3 =
We practice a few sets of problems. Each time we need to switch slides our student in the middle calls out a new move for students to perform.
Then students grab a belt and a partner and practice their math facts that are aligned with their specific belt color.
They practice for a minute each, quizzing each other on specific facts based on their progression through the program.
After 2 minutes, I call out, "Belts away, folders out." Students return their math fact belts to the bin and pull out their Ninja Math folders.
I call out, "Markers up." Students pull out their markers from the zip-lock bag inside their folder. When I see their markers up I know they are ready.
I call out, "Ninjas, are you ready to kick it?" They respond with a loud, "Yes!" The timer begins.
I've played around with different times. The time that works the best for my class is 3 minutes and 33 seconds, possibly selected because 3 is my favorite number, ha!
Students rush to complete as many math facts as possible in the allotted time, before the timer buzzes. Their math fact sheets are inside page protectors and they use whiteboard markers.
Once the timer buzzes students pass their folders around in their groups for their partners to grade. Answer keys are in the back of their folders and they use them to check each others work.
Students who pass come to my table to exchange their math fact sheet for a new one.
Math fact sheets are color coordinated to match the color belt that students have achieved. As students "kick" each level, and earn belts, they add them to their dog tags. Math fact sheets match the color of belt that they most recently have received.
Their dog tags serve as a display of their accomplishments throughout the program.
They proudly wear them throughout the day but I request that they stay in class until they become a black belt.
Once students become a black belt they are initiated during our lunch time black belt party.
Students enjoy black belt cupcakes (with black licorice of course.)
They earn Ninja bags and a certificate of completion.
Each bag contains a little ninja stress squeeze figure and some candy. The ninja figures and bags were from Oriental Trading Company.
Students ate pizza for lunch during our celebration. We listened to some Ninja tunes, celebrated, and enjoyed our success with multiplication math fact fluency.
Each month we have a new party to initiate the new black belts into our club.
Check out how Kelly uses this program in her classroom here.
Here is a peak at the Table of Contents from Kicking It Math. Check out what is included in Kelly's pack.
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How do you improve your students' math fact fluency?