Today, I used an activity that I named "Shine Math". As you read, you'll see that this same technique could be used for any subject area and adapted to "Shine Phonics", "Shine Science", etc.
First, I wrote the products of the 4 multiplication tables on the overhead projector.
I called out a multiplication fact. For example, 5x4. The student would then take an index card and position it so the correct answer "shines" on the index card.
After each of the students got a turn, we turned it into a competition. 2 students stood on either side of the number display. When I call out a fact, the first student to make the answer shine on their index card got the point.
This is a fun way to increase their speed.
This activity is definitely a keeper!