I don’t know about your kiddos, but mine will do anything for a treat!  As mentioned before, I teach 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade math resource.  My students have problems with their basic math facts and struggle to memorize and learn them.  I found this amazing product and a new-found passion for learning our basic facts has swept through my students.

As mentioned in a prior post, my kiddos have been working on their basic multiplication facts.  This past week, we been assessing their progress.  This “sweet” activity has been an absolute blast – the kids have asked if we’re continuing our facts every day this week! (Excitement – check!).

The activity comes with directions on how to use it, but I tweaked them to work for my classes.  We’ve devoted an entire week to the facts…  Each day the kiddos have come and grabbed their envelope.  We’ve been keeping all the quizzes, their ice cream pieces, and their progress board in an envelope.  Next week we’ll hang up the progress cones as we will only be doing the sweet facts on Fridays.
The activity comes with everything you need, other than something to keep it organized. I’ve been using a large 3 inch binder to help.  I put divider and answer key between each set of facts to help for quick movement.  Inside the activity is a check sheet to keep track of where each student is.  They also keep track of their own progress by building their ice cream cones.  Check out an example:
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