Math on my mind

by becky on July 12, 2011

Honestly, I have had math brain for the past few weeks. I think I have just spent soooo much time over the last few years working on how I teach reading, that I haven’t had as much time figuring out how to make math more fun and meaningful. I started making math games for my students last year because I saw a need for them to improve not only their math skills, but also their social skills. I don’t know about anyone out in blog land, but I personally have noticed a decline in my students’ knowledge of their basic math facts (+, -, x, division). There are only so many times you can ask parents to come in and work on flash cards. That’s why I created more math type games because I realized that I couldn’t just move on. In order for my students to build on skills, I had to make basic facts a part of my everyday instruction. Meet my first great find from last year: XtraMath Wow! I happened to hear about this site on ProTeacher and I checked it out. Not only does it provide a differentiated math review for EACH and EVERY student in your classroom, but I was sent weekly updates, progress reports, and certificates for my students when they master a skill. Oh, and get this… it’s 100% FREE. Seriously? Thank you! Finally, something helpful, easy to use, and free! If you have a few minutes (honestly that’s all it’s going to take), visit the site and see if it’s something you can use next year with your students.

Secondly, I wanted to share my newest math game on the subject of multiplication.

Knock it Off is a math game where you get 12 game boards. Each board focuses on one multiplication fact set. Here is a quick run down of the directions. 🙂

1. Students will take turns rolling the 12-sided dice. They will multiply the number they rolled by the number on the top of their board.

2. Students will place their chip on the correct product.

3. If the student rolls a product and their partner has one chip on that spot, the other student will “Knock it off” and put their chip on instead.

4. Students can “capture” a spot by having both their chips on the same product. When a spot is captured, the other player cannot knock their chip off.

5. The first player to have all their chips placed on the board wins.

Here is an example of a game board in the set:

If you’d like to download a free copy, click here


{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen July 16, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Can’t wait to use this game! I know the kiddos will love it!


Denise July 22, 2011 at 4:23 am

Love these. So useful. Thanks.


April August 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I came to your blog via So far I love all of your ideas! We are in the process of adopting a math workshop and I was looking for a way to do fact review. Your game and xtramath are perfect! Thanks!


Denise August 16, 2011 at 3:22 am

I absolutely love your blog! Did you have a photo on your blog with a math vocabulay word wall? It had each of the math strands grouped with awesome vocabulary cards. If so can you tell me where you found the vocabulary cards.


becky August 16, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Hi Denise! If you click here you can see my picture and where I got the cards from. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! 🙂


Tessa August 23, 2011 at 3:02 am

This is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing such a cool resource! Just found out I have to teach remedial math 2 times a week for 30 mins. I am to focus on facts so this is perfect!!!!


Kendel November 8, 2011 at 8:40 am

Hi! Thanks for sharing this game, I just downloaded it. While on TPT, I noticed that you’re from Plainfield. I grew up in Dwight, IL but am now writing you from my classroom in Bonn, Germany. Small world! Thanks again for sharing your wonderful ideas and resources.


Christi February 19, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Found you through Pinterest today. Loved this idea! I don’t have nearly as many fun math games as I do for language arts. Thanks for sharing and I’m now following!


Angela February 28, 2012 at 2:49 am

I love this game & I am in the process of making it for my daughter’s 3rd grade teachers! I am Second grade teacher & was hoping you had versions for addition & subtraction to 12…I’d love to have them for my room for Math centers…I’ll pay $$$ take templates & make my own! I really want to have a version of this for +/- Thanks so much!


Amy April 6, 2012 at 4:25 am

I love your blog, I think I am addicted. Thank you for posting all your wonderful work. I am a first year teacher and it is sooo very helpful.


Theresa April 16, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Used your game this morning. Kiddos loved it. Thank you very much!


Beth December 20, 2012 at 9:45 pm

This is a great multiplication game! Thank you. I’ve been looking for something other than “War”. Completely fine with that game, but it’s nice to change things up. Great blog, I’ve “pinned” you, and will be coming back.


Sherrie October 15, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Thank you so much for this game. I used it with my special needs students as part of math workshop. They loved it. They told me it helped them with their multiplication facts because it was so much fun.


Jose M August 15, 2018 at 6:49 pm

Just wondering where is the PDF with the templates?
I followed the link (the one that says: “If you’d like to download a free copy, click here”) to the TpT Website, but the template isn’t there, theres’s tons of other products/templates, but not that one … where can I get the PDF?
Thanks a Billion, JM


Jill June 11, 2019 at 7:41 pm


I just clicked the link for the free copy and it takes me to a like for 3 dollars. Any chance you can send me the game?


Sarah August 28, 2019 at 1:28 pm

Did you ever get a copy of the knock it off game? I saw your comment and was wondering if you could send it to me if so! Thanks!


Sarah August 28, 2019 at 1:26 pm

Am I still able to download the free copy of knock it off? When I click it gives me the updated version for $3. I actually prefer the old version but lost the 5’s card.


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