I've been spending time recently pinning teaching materials to my Pinterest site. I currently have 36 boards, the bulk of them for math. I've been sharing some of the great ideas I find in my classes with my preservice teachers. Last night they asked the question, "How do teachers make all these great things?" I'll admit that I'm pretty savvy with Word, but I don't have the skills that many of these teachers have!
I did promise my students I'd experiment a little, so here's my first, very simple effort. When students got this file in class last night, it looked like this.
This morning after I "prettied it up," it looked like this.
Feel free to download Multiplication Four-in-a-Row. If you want to use this in the classroom, I recommend laminating and putting in a center. You could also send this home as a "Math in a Bag" activity. This kind of homework is great fun!
If you try this, please leave me a note and let me know what you think. If the feedback is good, I will work on uploading some additional resources.