Three In a Line

Three in a row maths gameHere'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.

Times table maths game

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

  

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This is great and the blank

This is great and the blank chart is so useful. I can adapt for my SEN group and also use for division.  Thank you
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jcresswell's picture

Another great resource - I am

Another great resource - I am going to adapt the blank board to practise multiplying by multiples of ten.
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yanickga's picture

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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yanickga's picture

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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I'm always searching for

I'm always searching for games to help children master their tables. This one will be a useful addition. Thank you.
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Spoor's picture

 Great game, thanks. My

 Great game, thanks. My year4's loved it!
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Cathryn Jackson's picture

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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johdu's picture

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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Mel-p's picture

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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mack_aye's picture

Great way for the children to

Great way for the children to think about factors and strategies for multiplying. Thanks!
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madabout04's picture

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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weirholm's picture

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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k_e's picture

Fantastic way to keep my

Fantastic way to keep my children interested!
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maths's picture

A creative way for learning

A creative way for learning the times tables by playing!!!
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kstar85's picture

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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young67's picture

Very useful game which will

Very useful game which will help times tables recall.
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marika t's picture

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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joanne cook's picture

Fantastic idea which promotes

Fantastic idea which promotes lots of talk
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purple_giraffe's picture

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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johdu's picture

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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purple_giraffe's picture

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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johdu's picture

Really good news. Thanks for

Really good news. Thanks for the feedback.
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ceme1958's picture

Great game. Easy to adapt.

Great game. Easy to adapt.
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ceme1958's picture

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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Astrid's picture

Thank you!

Thank you!
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jmart279's picture

Great, I am always looking

Great, I am always looking for different ways to practise multiplication!
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josema21's picture

Thanks, I'll try it witt my 7

Thanks, I'll try it witt my 7 years old students.
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