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    multiplication motivator
    By kristin

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    I got this idea from my P.E. teacher who was a veteran 4th and 5th grade teacher. She used masking tape and put it down on the carpet, then the students marked off 1-144. The distance between each number was the length of the student's foot. Then give the student a fact like 5 x 6. The student has to step off 5 groups of 6 steps, equals 30. They find the answer at their feet, literally!! I have used this to introduce multiplication in a Resource room and it has been great!! Any time a student gets stuck on a problem, they have to go "step off" the problem to find the answer!

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