An annual competition of games and multiplication tests known as Math Madness has students competing with each other in testing their skill at solving multiplication problems.
With some encouragement from the Reading High School cheerleaders, each student was cheered on as they entered the Reynolds Elementary School gym to begin the competition. Third, fourth, firth and sixth grade classes were pitted against each other in an annual multiplication factors competition.
All month long, students had competed at each grade level to pick the final four students to represent their class. True to the March Madness of basketball, on which the competition was structured, the games had a sport like feel and enthusiasm. The entire student body cheered for their favorite team.
The final competition round was between Katie Garcia’s fourth grade class and Tim Davis’ sixth grade class. The fourth graders won, as they had won every match that day.
Their final competitor went down, and the fourth graders were presented with a trophy. Garcia said that the competition is a fun way to emphasize the importance of multiplication tables.