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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Learning Multiplication Using Karate

This and the next month our main focus will be on Multiplication.
For our Multiplication Unit I am using my "Karate Multiplication" Packet. It was created with the purpose to spark my students' interest in learning times tables.

The idea is that they "receive a new belt" after achieving another level in multiplication. I've been using this activity with my 3rd graders for 4 years now, and it WORKS!(The packet was created about a year ago).

It motivates them to practice and memorize the facts. They can't wait to get to color their newly "received belts" in their mini-books and share the good news with their family and friends. I remember, last year one girl from my class came to school wearing a real Karate belt :)

Here is our bulletin board all set up for the study of Multiplication (everything on this board is included in my packet). This year I laminated the letters and the posters so that I can use them again the next year. I know I will :)

Today my students earned their first belts for passing the quiz on multiplication by 1 :)

You can find this packet in my TPT store

Happy teaching!


  1. I love the karate belt idea as students master multiplication levels!

    :) Ash
    The Rolly Chair

  2. Hi Ash,
    Thanks for visiting my blog. Glad you liked my Karate Multiplication idea :) I find it so useful and the children just get so excited about earning their next belt :)