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Multiplication BINGO


  • Mathematics


  • 3-5
  • 6-8

Brief Description

Adapt the BINGO game to reinforce multiplication table skills.


Students will

  • play a game of BINGO that requires them to accurately compute math facts.


multiplication, multiplication tables, times tables, BINGO, game

Materials Needed

Lesson Plan

Provide each student with a Multiplication BINGO card. Provide students with the answers to the multiplication fact cards you will show them and let them arrange those numbers randomly on their BINGO cards.


Alternate Idea: Involve Some Critical Thinking
If your students have a fair grasp of the multiplication tables, tell them which times tables the game will be based on and let them write on their cards the numbers that might be called out in the game. For example, if you tell them that the Multiplication BINGO game will be based on the 4, 5, and 6 tables, then they will have to figure out which numbers they should not write on their cards -- numbers such as 2, 3, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 17, 19 since those are not solutions to any of the math facts that comprise the 4, 5, or 6 tables.

As you can see, the game gets more interesting as students learn more math facts. Eventually, you might plan a Multiplication BINGO game in which the entire range of math fact families -- from the 2 tables to the 12 tables -- is included.

Prepare a set of cards containing the math facts you've based this game on. Write one math fact problem on each card. Shuffle the cards. Draw and read or show the cards to students, one card at a time. As you show a card, students must do the math and put an X through the number that represents the answer if it appears on their Multiplication BINGO card.

Who will be first to call out BINGO? Verify that student's victory by checking the math facts called out against his or her card.

After a player calls out BINGO, you might keep the game going until you learn which player will be the first to fill up his or her entire Multiplication BINGO card.


Students create accurate cards and correctly mark their cards.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

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Last updated 04/30/2017