PAT Bank
Circles and Stars (grades 34)
Author:
Marilyn Burns
from the book "Math by all Means  Multiplication"
Subject:
Multiplication
Objective:
To practice facts and to learn a strategy to finding
the product.
Materials and Preparation:
Paper, pencils, scissors, stapler, calculator, and 2
dice per group
Student Grouping:
46 students
The Play:

Students make game booklets

First student rolls dice. On page 1 the student will
draw circles for whatever he rolled with one dice
and stars in each of the circles for whatever he rolled
with the other dice. For example, if a student rolled
a 2 and a 3 he would draw two circles and three stars
in each circle.
Under the drawing the student will write  2 circles
with 3 stars = 6 in all (2 x 3 = 6)

Then the next child takes a turn. Once each child
has gone six times he/she will add all six products
to get their score and record it on the last page
in their book.
Comments or Variations:
Students may use calculators to add products. I usually
will not give the calculators out until the whole group
is done with their book. You could make it competitive
by having each group get a group total and compare it
with other groups in the class. I later refer to Circles
and Stars as a strategy for finding the product with my
students.
