Topic Special: Multiplication and Division
Collection Author: Philip Eden - Maths Secondary Panel Member
Multiplication and Division are topics that blend themselves into so many different areas of mathematics but every now and again, whether it be written or mental calculations, they pop up on the scheme of work as stand-alone topics – and rightfully so; without the correct arithmetic skills, students wouldn’t be able to access most of the maths curriculum. So how should a teacher approach this area of maths? Well, with the introduction of interactive whiteboards, there is now the freedom to use engaging games and puzzles to make these topics as fun as possible. Long gone are the days where multiplication and division are practised by working through 20 questions, with the odd mental arithmetic test thrown in there to spice things up! Here is a collection of resources I have found that I believe will provide teachers with a catalogue of ideas to use in their lessons. Enjoy!
Top 10 Resources:
- The first two resources I have included are Tarsia jigsaws and will require the following software to open – don’t worry, it’s free! If you are unfamiliar with the software, it’s really easy to use and produces fantastic resources in very little time! The jigsaws require students to working collaboratively to piece the puzzle together. This particular jigsaw involves standard times tables questions and would be best suited for a lower ability group.
- The second Tarsia jigsaw that I have included involves the multiplication of integers and decimals. This would be more appropriate for a higher ability Key Stage 3 group because students will be required to calculate answers fairly quickly in order to piece the puzzle together.
- This powerpoint presentation is based on the TV show ‘Blockbusters’. The class will need to be split into two teams, and they will take it in turns using the rules of BIDMAS to answer questions. An ideal activity to use during a plenary.
- ‘Follow me’ or ‘loop’ games are a great way to engage students and brighten up dull topics. This particular activity that I have found is nothing special but it does exactly what it says on the tin and saves you producing your own. You just have to cut the cards out, give them a shuffle and hand them to the students. You could try timing the class to create a competitive element and repeat the activity on another occasion to see if they can beat their previous time.
- I have used this activity in the past and it has worked really well. Students will see a ‘glimpse’ of an arrangement of dots and they have to try to count how many dots there are. Of course, they cannot count them one by one and so have to devise ways in which to work out the number of dots, e.g. multiplying the lengths of the dots if they are arranged in a rectangular shape.
- The next two resources have been produced by the same person and are of great use to any teacher who wants to include a fun activity into one of their lessons. The excel files provides questions along with bingo cards to play the game. The resource can be very easily adapted to suit the needs of your students.
- The second of two bingo resources. This file contains question on division and again, can be easily adapted to suit the needs of your students.
- Sumdog is a website I have found which features a range of engaging activities for students to take part in. This particular game requires quick mental maths as students compete against either the computer, other users from around the world, or their own classmates. Follow the link to the website and then click ‘Play sumdog athletics’.
- This resource has been uploaded to celebrate 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II. The game is to use the numbers on each of the cards to try to make the all important number 60. It looks like a fun starter activity, best used with an enthusiastic key stage 3 group.
- Hopefully, you have had lots of fun experimenting with the different games, activities and puzzles featured in this list so far, but there comes a time when students have to put pen to paper and do some ‘proper’ work. Teachers can easily adjust the settings to produce the questions they would like to feature on the worksheet then just have to press print!