Learning is: Mastering Multiplication Fluency
Visit Gwen Buto’s third grade classroom at AJ Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering in Greenville County Schools, South Carolina. This month, they allowed our Discovery Education Community to join them in studying multiplication fluency.
The Big Idea
By completing a series of interactive centers featuring Discovery Education Streaming Plus instructional strategies and curated content, Ms. Buto’s third grade students practiced their multiplication fact understanding and fluency. After exploring the resources and peer-to-peer discussion, students master facts, understand their own learning, and know where they need to continue to practice and grow.
Learn more by stepping into a 360 degree view of Ms. Buto’s classroom. Here are tips to maximize the experience:
- After launching the 360 degree image, spin your view to find the pin that reads Begin Here. Play the embedded video to meet Ms. Buto as she shares what students are learning.
- Just as students rotate through the centers, follow the pins in numerical order. Each numbered pin contains an embedded video that describes what students are doing in each station to support their learning.
- Don’t take our word for it: hear from Ms. Buto and see examples of her students’ learning by selecting the pins with images.
Interested in creating a similar experience in your class? Check out the strategies and resources used by Ms. Buto.
Station One: Students make connections between math and music, using content from Flocabulary. Whether using songs from Discovery Education Streaming Plus, like Multiplication Unplugged: Nine Times Table, or songs of your choice, the use of music engages students and helps them to activate learning in a different way.
Station Two: Students use to Fun4theBrain for some friendly competition to test their speed and accuracy with their multiplication facts. Upon completing their competition, students reflect on their practice and determine which fact families might need more studying and attention.
Station Three: The use of video helps students to make audio and visual connections to what they are learning. Math Explanations, like Grade 03: Practice Multiplication, have a math teacher who shows students strategies for solving problems. Other video content, like Practical Problems, help students learn to break apart problems, create visual representations, and connect to the real world.
Station Four: Games, like Prodigy being used by Ms. Buto’s students, activate learning in a fun and engaging way. Inside Discovery Education, find Skill Builders and games, like Culture and Math: Math and the Maya or Fact Families, to inspire learners to make deeper connections, practice problem solving, and make connections.
Station Five: By modifying the Pick a Card SOS strategy for math review, students enjoy practicing their speed and accuracy in a game with a classmate. As each student puts a card down for the pair to see, they must quickly mentally multiply the cards’ digits and call out the product. The person who calls out the product first and correctly keeps the pair of cards.
What’s next for Ms. Buto’s students in this unit?