# Three In a Line

Here's a quick and easy maths game to help children practice mental multiplication in the context of a game. The children have a collection of coloured counters and a game-board. The game-board features a 4 by 4 grid of numbers, and seven separate numbers (in red). The red numbers are factors; the numbers in the grid are products. The children take it in turns to find two red numbers which, when multiplied, will match a cell on the board. The first player to cover any three cells in a line with his/her counters is the winner.

The game promotes meaningful talk and enables the children to perform dozens of calculations. As the children become familiar with the game they may also begin to play more strategically - planning ahead for their next move.

Use the boards for differentiated activities, or let the children choose three boards so they can play three different games one after the other. If children come up with a particularly good strategy for working out the product encourage them to share it.

The download file* includes six different boards and one blank one (not pictured) - the latter board provides an ideal extension wherein the children can work together to devise their own game. Selecting and generating their own set of numbers will offers even more mathematical benefits.

[NOTE: this image shows an earlier version and some numbers have been changed]

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### GREAT!  We are still using

GREAT!  We are still using charts but I think with a calulator we can tackle this one and have some fun!   Georgia
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### Great game, thanks. My

Great game, thanks. My year4's loved it!
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### This game will be so useful

This game will be so useful for my Y5s. It will support the techniques that they use in grid method as well as just give them multiplication practise. I particularly like the fact that they will start to predict and think ahead - using 'undoing' skills to work out which red numbers they will choose to get their three in a row. Thank you for this resource. I like the fact that there is a blank and could add decimals into the activity too.
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### It's great to hear that this

It's great to hear that this maths resouce is so useful. Many thanks for the positive feedback.

John

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### This looks great - I will be

This looks great - I will be trying it tomorrow with my year 6 group who still need to work on their times table knowledge.
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### Great way for the children to

Great way for the children to think about factors and strategies for multiplying. Thanks!
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### As usual - fantastic and

As usual - fantastic and simple but great fun. Thank you!
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### A good game as a starter and

A good game as a starter and for a small group can adapt to suit levels.
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### Super game!   I used this

Super game!   I used this game  with my one to one tution boys who thought they were going to easily win, but not all the numbers give a winning line. Nice touch! Thanks.
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### a good game for LA year 4

a good game for LA year 4 and 5 pupils to play independently
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### Fantastic way to keep my

Fantastic way to keep my children interested!
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### A creative way for learning

A creative way for learning the times tables by playing!!!
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### This looks like another fab

This looks like another fab resource to use to boost my P7 pupils tables knowledge.
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### I will definately be using

I will definately be using this with my class soon. It's a brilliant way of the children encorporating their times tables knowledge into a fun, and strategic game.
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### Very useful game which will

Very useful game which will help times tables recall.
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### we have an extra maths

we have an extra maths session every day where we play games and this will be great fun to add to the collection.
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### Fantastic idea which promotes

Fantastic idea which promotes lots of talk
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### Trying this out with my

Trying this out with my lowers tomorrow, and I think they will really enjoy this. The blank sheet is genius and means I can adapt it to their level! Thank you :)
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### Sounds good, let us know how

Sounds good, let us know how you get on. We've got some different grids being tested now - these involve division... so may be useful at some point.
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### They loved it, thank you!

They loved it, thank you! They were so caught up in the game that they didn't really realise they were doing maths, which is always a bonus with these children as they lose motivation really quickly!
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### Really good news. Thanks for

Really good news. Thanks for the feedback.
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### Great game. Easy to adapt.

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### Thanks, am going to use this

Thanks, am going to use this with my year 5's. Like the idea of getting them to make up their own version of the game on the blank one too!
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### Thank you!

Thank you!
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### Great, I am always looking

Great, I am always looking for different ways to practise multiplication!
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### Thanks, I'll try it witt my 7

Thanks, I'll try it witt my 7 years old students.
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### Thank you. Used this game

Thank you. Used this game with my class yesterday. They loved it and forgot about the snow for a little while! I like the way that you provide the blank board - as my lower ability children are working on their 2, 5 and 10 times table, I could adapt the game (so we were all playing the same thing - it boosted their confidence). I will use this again many times, thank you again!
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### thanks

thanks
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### Thanks once again for a great

Thanks once again for a great game. It will be easy to adapt for my class so that we can play the game at different levels. Thanks for the Christmas ideas too - always welcome.
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### Great resource! we play maths

Great resource! we play maths games first thing in the morning and they love this one.
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