In my classroom each year it seems more and more students are using their fingers to determine their multiplication facts. I understand that Common Core wants students to understand the process and utilize strategies to find the product of multiplication facts, but I strongly believe students still need to memorize them and be fluent in them. Especially since multiplication is the foundation to many math concepts!
To help my students with practicing their multiplication in both accuracy and fluency, I have my students play a Tic-Tac-Toe Multiplication Task Card Game in a center with a partner.
In this activity, students determine who will be the X and O. Then they take turns just like in the game Tic-Tac-Toe, but in order to place their X or O in the box, he or she must first solve the multiplication fact correctly.
You can download this fun multiplication fact practice sheet here.