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Math Strategies. Nicole Van Buren EEX 6061. Multiplication Songs. Content- Math Grade level- Third grade, including ESE and ESOL students in any grade.

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Math strategies
Math Strategies

  • Nicole Van Buren

  • EEX 6061

Multiplication songs
Multiplication Songs

  • Content- Math

  • Grade level- Third grade, including ESE and ESOL students in any grade.

  • Curriculum Standards- The student will develop an understanding of multiplication and division and strategies for basic multiplication facts and related division facts

  • MA.3.A.1.1 Model multiplication and division including problems presented in context: repeated addition, multiplicative comparison, array, how many combinations, measurement, and partitioning.

  • MA.3.A.1.2 Solve multiplication and division fact problems by using strategies that result from applying number properties.

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Multiplication Songs

  • Description of practice- Using multiplication songs can be a fun and effective way to teach multiplication facts to young children. There has been many connections to music and brain development, and now there is more research that suggests music is effective when utilized in the classroom. There are many types of multiplication songs available. Teachers can also create their own songs to fit the multiplication skills they are currently teaching. An example of one is available on YouTube, and it teaches the five times tables.

  • School House Rocks

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Multiplication Songs

  • Delivery models- Multiplication songs can be used in any classroom setting and in any grade level. They can be taught whole-class, or in a co-taught classroom where both teachers can teach the song in small groups. Multiplication songs can also be used for individual students. If a student is having trouble with a particular times table, either teacher can research or create a song to help the student memorize the multiplication facts.

  • Reference:

  • Rhoshanda. (2009, January 09). School House Rock!: Ready or Not,

  • Vaughn, K. (2000). Music and Mathematics: Modest support for the of

Here I Come. [Video File]. Retrieved from

oft-claimed relationship. The Journal of Aesthetic Education, 34(3-4) 149-166.

Rpv hecc

  • Content- Math

  • Grade level- 5th grade, along with ESOL and ESE students in any grade (fifth or higher)

  • Curriculum Standards- MA.5.A.6.5 Solve non-routine problems using various strategies, including “solve a simpler problem” and “guess, check, and revise.”

  • Description of practice- RPV-HECC is a strategy to help students solve difficult problems. The mnemonic stands for read for comprehension, paraphrase in your own words, visualize (draw a picture), hypothesize (make a plan), estimate, compute, then check.These steps can assist students by helping them brake down the problem solving process.

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  • My class created a few mnemonic sentences to help them remember the RPV-HECC strategy.

    • Ryan Puts Very Happy Eagles in Clean Cribs.

    • Randy Plays Very with His Elephant Called Chris.

    • Rain Pounds Very Hard Entering Cape Canaveral.

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  • Delivery model- This strategy can be taught in any type of intermediate classroom. In a co-taught class, the strategy can be explained to the whole class by one of the teachers. Then after, the other teacher can explain the strategy with visuals and examples for the students who have difficulties comprehending the concept.

  • I have a few SLD and ESE students in my fifth grade class, so I created a RPV-HECC reference sheet for every student. They will keep this sheet in their math notebook and use it as a resource.

  • RPV-HECC worksheet

  • Reference:

  • Montague, M. (2005) Math Problem Solving for Upper Elementary Students with Disabilities. The Access Center: Improving Outcome for All Students K-8, 14, 3-9. Retrieved from

Pattern blocks
Pattern Blocks

  • Content- Math

  • Grade Level- K-5, including ESE and ESOL students in any of these grades.

  • Curriculum Standards- Algebra, Geometry

  • MA.1.A.4.1 TSW extend repeating patterns, fill in missing terms and justify reasoning

  • MA.2.G.5.1 TSW use geometric models to demonstrate the relationship between wholes and their parts

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Pattern Blocks

  • Description of practice- Pattern blocks are great manipulatives that children in any grade level can use. These blocks can be used to teach geometry, logic, measurements, patterns, and probability. Pattern blocks allow the students to actually “touch” the math and manipulate the blocks for creative and critical thinking activities!

  • Delivery model- Pattern blocks are perfect for any classroom environment! In a self contained class, pattern blocks can be used during a whole group lesson or for individual students who are kinesthetic learners. In a co-taught class, pattern blocks can be used during small group lessons or as a part of a center.

  • Here is a great way for children to play with pattern blocks online for Java Applet!

  • Resources:

  • The Super Source: Pattern Blocks (1996) White Plains, NY: Cuisenaire Company America, Inc.