Looking for a sweet way to prevent summer slide?
Watermelon is such a fun summer theme, I knew my students would love this hands-on way to practice their multiplication.
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I printed off the watermelon multiplication cards and watermelon seeds on cardstock so we could use them again and again.
Then I cut the watermelon slices with my paper slider before deciding to cut out around the watermelon slice too. (You certainly don’t have to – I just liked how it looked.)
Next, I printed off the watermelon seeds on cardstock and cut along the black lines.
For fun, I also grabbed some sunflower seeds as another math manipulative for the kids to use.
I laid all the multiplication watermelon slices on the table and gave each student a blank watermelon slice to use as their counting mat.
I let them choose either sunflower seeds or the paper seeds to count out each problem.
The first child picked up the 2 x 3 math slice and picked up a handful of sunflower seeds.
She read the problem out loud and carefully counted out 3 piles with 2 seeds each.
Then she counted all the seeds to find the solution: six!
The next student chose to use the paper watermelon seeds.
He drew a card, picked up a handful of watermelon seeds and carefully counted three piles of five.
3 x 5 = 15
He was right!
This sweet watermelon activity was a great activity to do as a class together and, once the kids are more familiar with their multiplication problems, it will make a wonderful math center for independent work.
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