NEWBERRY — Newberry Academy students in first through seventh grade had the opportunity to spotlight their multiplication skills in the school’s inaugural “Times Table Challenge” held on Friday, February 16.
The event, which focused on the students’ abilities to recall their multiplication tables in a spelling bee style format, provided the classes with an opportunity to strengthen their math skills in a fun and interactive competition.
“Here at Newberry Academy we understand the importance of teaching students the fundamental concepts of multiplication, and our teachers spend a lot of time developing this understanding throughout the year,” said Academic Dean Nicole May. “However, as students progress to higher levels of math, it is important that they have fast recall of multiplication facts. The only way to achieve this is through memorization.”
Throughout each school year Newberry Academy teachers focus on strengthening their class’s times-table speed and accuracy through daily games and activities. Along with more traditional math instruction, classes have had the opportunity to utilize times-tables creatively through songs and artwork, helping to reinforce the lessons learned throughout the week. It was this thought process that encouraged May to develop the idea of a school-wide “Times Table Challenge.” The response was overwhelming and as the date grew closer, students were finding every opportunity to practice and share their skills.
The “Times Table Challenge” included a variety of multiplication-related activities, highlighted by the class competition where students competed against one another to become the “champion” of their grade.
The eighth grade class created crowns for the class competition winners, and helped to lead students in math-focused games including bingo, relay races and counting-on Macarena. The other grades also showcased their creativity by preparing a skit or poster highlighting their multiplication skills.
The “Times Table Champions” in each grade were as follows: Ward Chocklett (First Grade), Emily Bedenbaugh (Second Grade), Grace Mayer (Third Grade), Daniel Williams (Fourth Grade), Colin Davis (Fifth Grade), Hunter Piersol (Sixth Grade) and Diya Patel (Seventh Grade).