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Robot Multiplication

Students will master multiplication with this inventive robot challenge! Your students will practise their maths-fact fluency in this lesson plan.
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Students will be able to solve basic multiplication facts.

(5 minutes)
Robot Multiplication
  • Explain to the students that they will be working on their multiplication fluency by creating imaginative robots!
  • Ask the students what FluencyIs. Allow the students to share their answers.
  • Make sure students make a connection between reading fluency and maths-fact fluency.
  • After students have had sufficient think-time and share-time, explain to the students that fluency in maths has to do with the strategies they use to accurately and efficiently solve basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems.
(10 minutes)
  • Write a few multiplication problems on the board.
  • Model solving the multiplication problems using strategies such as skip counting, taps of pencils, songs, repeated addition, use of a multiplication chart, and arrays.
(15 minutes)
  • Write a few multiplication problems on the board, and ask the students to share and model some of the strategies they use.
  • Get out the Silver Robot on the second page. Read the directions to the students.
  • Tape the robot page and a piece of construction paper onto the board.
  • Model solving the multiplication problems.
  • Model cutting out the robot pieces and gluing them on the separate piece of construction paper from lowest number to biggest number, starting at the top left hand corner until you reach the bottom right hand corner.
  • Explain that the smallest numbers will be on the top of the page, and the biggest numbers will be on the bottom of the page.
  • Explain to the students that when they are finished gluing their robot on the construction paper, they will be able to decorate it!
(20 minutes)
  • Separate the five different robot sheets into piles on a table in front of the room.
  • Allow a few students to come up at a time to choose their favorite robot.
  • Make sure students have access to the glue, scissors, construction paper, and decorative materials.
  • Enrichment:Students can create another robot to get extra practise.
  • Support:Give students multiplication charts and manipulatives such as blocks or cubes to use as resources.
(5 minutes)
  • As you rotate around the classroom, observe students who display the use of effective strategies to solve the multiplication facts efficiently and accurately.
  • Make note of students who struggle with solving the multiplication facts.
  • Ask students to turn in their robot multiplication sheets so you can review them.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask the students to share a few of their robot creations.
  • Discuss which multiplication facts were trickier to solve. Ask students to share the strategies they used to solve the problems.

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