In third grade, students must develop a fluency with the basic multiplication and division facts - something we call automatizing. Facts should be known so well, that they can be recalled automatically.
To support and motivate automatizing the facts in a fun way, we take 4 minute Chicken Fact Challenge Tests twice a week (see downloadable resources below). The kids have only 4 minutes to answer all of the facts on the test.
Each student has their own paper chicken and as they pass each test, their chickens move further along a clothesline marked off for each fact challenge test. The multiplication tests begin with multiplying by 3 and 4 and progress through multiplying by 11 and 12. Students pass each test by only missing one fact or earning 100%. A chicken “flies the coop” once all the multiplication tests are passed and he or she gets moved to the clouds on the window.
After the multiplication fact challenges, the students continue with mixed division and multiplication and division in base ten (e.g. 4 x 50 = _____ ). Students who want a further challenge can try completing the tests in a shorter time period (2 mins or less).
Download all of my multiplication and division fact challenge tests here:
Multplying by 3 and 4
Multiplying by 5 and 6
Multiplying by 7 and 8
Multiplying by 9 and 10
Multiplying by 11 and 12
Mixed Division 1
Mixed Division 2
Mixed Division 3
Mixed Division 4
Multiplication and Division in Base Ten #1
Multiplication and Division in Base Ten #2
Multiplication and Division in Base Ten #3
Multiplication and Division in Base Ten #4