Multiplication Speed Drill Tests- Edited to Add...

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EDITED  to add addition sign : )
Awhile ago I posted a photo tour of my classroom.  One of the pictures I showed was this about multiplication speed drills:

We are trying something new this year (kind of) to motivate students to memorize multiplication tables.  According to the Georgia Performance Standards students must know up to 10 X 10 with fluency. In order for a student to master the standard on the report card by my district (we do standards based reporting), they must know these by the end of this nine weeks...  As in a few Thursdays ago.  It didn't happen.   But we are like the Little Engine that Could and we won't give up!  Slow and steady...

When we started we gave each child a coloring sheet of an empty gumball machine. 

We used this one from

After students colored them and cut them out, they wrote their names on them and I posted them on the cabinet.

Then we broke out the big guns....we bought TWO gumball machines from the Dollar Tree and THREE bags of gumballs.

We explained to students the purpose of the speed drill tests. Students would be given 1 minute and 30 seconds to solve 12 multiplication facts. If they passed, the next day they could chew a piece of the bubble gum from the gum ball machines during the test (we then went over rules for what would happen if we found gum anywhere but a mouth or trashcan and that it could only be chewed in our classroom- not anywhere else in the school).  The first person to master ALL of their facts would get to take home a filled gumball machine.  They LOVED it!

When we give the tests we try to grade them the same day.  It is not so bad when you get used to it because they are so short.  Then we tell students that pass (that make 100%) they passed and give them a celebration sticker and a round colored garage sale sticker.

On the sticker I write the number of the test the student passed (if they passed their 2s, they choose a color sticker and I write a 2 on it) and then they stick in on their gumball machine. It is supposed to look like a gumball.   Each child then gets a celebration sticker to wear or put in their agendas to inform parents that they passed, and also it makes the students feel special.

To keep all the tests organized, I have tried MANY different ways.  I have tried to have each test separated in Pringles containers that were stacked and color coded, paper clips, file boxes and so on.  I could never get them to work.  This year I have tried a new method and I LOVE it!!!!!!!  Tada!!!

I bought this little coupon file organizer at the Dollar Spot in Target.  I labeled each section with a number and then file the corresponding tests behind each number.  Since the tests are small (1/4th a page) they fit easily in the pockets.

In the front pocket I keep all the "tools" I need : ).  I keep a sharpie, the round, colored garage sale stickers, the "celebrate" stickers (notice mine are in black and white because I was trying to conserve colored ink!!).  These celebration stickers look different,, because I forgot to save the file (how did that happen????) so I remade them above.  This makes it easy to give students their stickers since everything is in one place!!

Here are the copies of the multiplication tests that I use and a sign to post next to the bubble gum machines for the students.  I would have posted it, but I was out of room :(!!!!

I know lots of primary teachers don't do multiplication drills, but do addition instead.  I also made a sign for addition. I am sick and don't have it in me to make the addition drills, but those are available free on a million sites, right?  Here is the addition sign:

Students take the tests daily, but at their own pace (if that makes sense) .  Students do not move to the next number until they have mastered (100%) the  previous number.  However, students DO NOT  take the tests in numerical order.  I like to have them take the tests in the following order to ensure success:
0, 1, 2, 5, 10, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9

I keep a clip board with a spreadsheet with each child's name on it.  At the top I have the timed test noted  (0, 1, 2,5,10, 3, 4,6, 7,8 ,9).  When students pass the tests I write the date so I can see how long it is taking them to pass tests and also where they are. When it is time to pass out the tests, I just call out the numbers ("If you are working on 2 please come get your test").  Most kids are honest.  They write their names on the back of the tests.  I set the timer and the kids have 1 minute 30 seconds (in years past I have done 1 minute- this year it is in my kids best interest to do a bit longer!  Trust me!).  When the buzzer goes off, they hold the test up to be collected. If they work long, someone inevitably tattles (this IS third grade) and the test goes in the trash.  Usually it takes just once. : (

 I like to do different colors by date, just because! :) Here is a prettier typed version:

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  1. How AWESOME is this!! We are starting our multiplication unit next week. Yay, now I'm set. Thanks for posting this!

  2. This is awesome! I pinned it for when I teach younger grades again!

    ❤ Mor Zrihen ❤
    A Teacher's Treasure

  3. What an amazing system! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. I am so glad everyone finds this post useful!!!! Kristen, I know you teacher first. Do teachers do speed drills on addition facts? Do you think I should make an addition version or is it not really done anymore?

  5. This is awesome! I also pinned it to use next year at the beginning of the year (4th grade) to review!


    Fun in Room 4B

  6. I {heart} this idea and am stealing it for addition and subtraction facts! Thanks for sharing all the details.

    2B Honey Bunch
    The Best Endings

  7. I LOOOOOVE this! I am so stealing it! I've already taught multiplication concepts but I was waiting for the new year to start timed tests. I will be doing it this way. Now I just need need to make a trip to the store. :)

    Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

  8. This is great!!! And so crazy...the past week I've been working and creating almost the same thing!! WILD!! I have been searching for something to get my kids excited about learning their facts too. On pinterest I found a teacher who did with popcorn...which led me to the gumball idea. I'm doing mine slightly different - I will have the gumball machines labeled with the facts (ex. x2) and then the kids will write their class # on the dots and stick them on that machine when they master those facts! If they get a 90 or above they can put the sticker on. If they get 100 they also get a gumball. Once we make it through all of the facts, they will begin getting mixed review tests where they will get tickets every time they get a 90 or better - and at the end of the year - I will raffle a gumball machine away! I know it sounds complicated - but I think it will work. I was going to write a post (my first in months!!) about this in the next few days. If you don't mind, I would love to link back to your post as well! Thank you for sharing (kind of wish I found this post before I made all of my stuff ;)
    The Sweet Life of Third Grade

  9. I, too, LOVE THIS! Last year, we did something similar but with paper ice cream cones...and we added scoops each time they passed. Then, at the end, depending on their number of scoops were how many toppings they could choose. It was fun, but the ice cream party was a little overwhelming at the end! This is a great balance and so easy with the garage sale stickers. Thanks for sharing all this!

    Megan, Third Grade Theatrics.

  10. I love this idea - especially the coupon organizer!! Thanks so much for sharing! I had picked up some of those gumball machines earlier in the year and have been hanging on to them waiting for a purpose - now I have it!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  11. Thanks so much for sharing this. I know this will be great for my after school kids, and of course something to make those longer days a little more fun!

  12. Thanks for sharing! I have done ice cream sundae and taco parties for multiplication fact mastery, but I love the simplicity of the bubble gum. Can't wait to begin in January! : )

  13. I love this idea. I can't wait to try it in my classroom. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Just found your blog via pinterest and I am so excited. I am a new third grade teacher and my students are in desperate need of something to motivate them to master their multiplication facts. Looking forward to using this in my classroom! =)

    -Ms. Smith

  15. Thank you for being so generous with your Bubblegum Multiplication unit! I am super excited and I know my kids will be as well! I can't wait to start!!!!

    Twins, Teaching and Tacos.

  16. Thanks for the great idea & all the details & files. I'm starting multiplication on Tuesday. I'll be making a stop to get the gum-ball machine & gum-balls.

  17. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!


  18. I just wanted to thank you for sharing your bubblegum multiplication!! I teach 4th grade and just really felt my students didn't have their facts mastered like they should. This has motivated them to make sure they are mastering them! I give the test on Monday, and then give them a copy of a set of flashcards to make for the number they missed. They have the week to practice, then I give it again on Friday. The ones who passed are chewing gum while the others are testing. This is so simple to manage too! Thanks again for such a great idea!!

  19. I love this! I am switching from Kindergarten to 3rd grade next year and I am totally going to do this! I already have the gum ball perfect. :) Thank you for sharing for free!

  20. I have always done a mad minute, but I love the bubble gum theme, size and storage of the tests.
    I always used an hour glass timer of 1, 2, or 3 minutes.(from teacher store) or active board timer. The kids love this activity.

  21. I love this. Thanks for all your hard work. I started it with my class the last 2 months of school. They loved it. I have made some addition and subtraction quizzes since. I was wondering how you made the stickers and the sign on page 12? I would like to make one of each for addition and subtraction quizzes. I'm going to start with those at the start of the year.

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  26. Is there anyway you can send me a word file of the bubble gum facts quizzes, I'd like to ad 0 and 1 quizzes,

  27. Our kids have been playing a multiplication card game called Math Grab that seems to be helping. I think it's all about having fun while learning, the website is There are other games out there too which might be good to switch it up.

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  30. Thank you so much for this! I am new to third grade, coming as a 2nd grade teacher and wanted to do something similar to what I did in 2nd grade with timed addition and subtraction, and this is perfect!!! Even more so because I don't have to spend an arm and a leg, and it's simple and easy. Thank you so much!

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