This is really hard for me to say, but let’s be honest. Sometimes math worksheets are linear. Sequential. Grid-like. Boring. When you’re drilling through the operations and trying to really build mastery of those math facts, working through rows and rows of problems on worksheet after worksheet can start to seem like more of the same. I know for me, just grading them, I’m really eager for even a small twist on the familiar, a touch of unique.
A touch of… spiral. Spiralness. Spirality. Spiraltaneity. Whatever.
So let me introduce to you this new worksheet layout, starting with spiral multiplication math facts. We’re still playing with them here and so far it’s a hit, but I’m definitely looking for your feedback. Getting dizzy? Too many fact problems? Or not enough? Let me know. Also, if there’s interest, I can build worksheets where the spiral is more suited for left-handed matheletes, as I think the current layout is better adapted for right handed students.
Regardless, these were a lot of fun to build and I hope you enjoy them… Worksheets for addition, subtraction and division math facts will be coming soon.
Spiral Multiplication Math Fact Worksheets
If you’ve been working with the 100 problem worksheets lately, you probably noticed that the amount of space available for answers got severely compressed in one of the recent website updates… A quick fix to the layout and regeneration of the affected worksheets corrected this… Thanks to everyone who pointed this out in comments.
Learning about place value is an important step in number fluency. Decomposing multi-digit numbers into separate place values can be confusing… How do you explain a 7 might mean 7, 70 or 0.7 depending on where it shows up in a number? As adults we take place value concepts for granted, but kids learning multi-digit math need a graceful introduction to the way the base 10 number system is used to represent values greater than nine.
These place value charts are a great place to break numbers down and figure out which digit has what actual value. The charts at the link below have several different versions, including ones with and without decimals, so they can be introduced gradually or at multiple stages in the development of mathematical literacy.
There are separate versions that include the three digit groupings (“periods”) as well as more traditional versions with each place labelled completely with it’s value. Please check them out and if you have feedback, let me know in the comments!
Place Value Charts