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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

What Works for You to Teach Multiplication Facts?

Do you have any great ideas or tips for teaching and helping students really learn their times tables?  If you do, please leave a comment with your tips.  I'd love to hear what you do that works!

Here's a few programs that work well for me with fourth graders:

If you haven't seen a program called "Times Tables the Fun Way", you really MUST check it out! The program is visual and each multiplication fact has a short story and poster that accompanies it.  The characters in the story are the numbers in the fact, so students visualize the poster and therefore, recall the fact that goes with it.   This program is especially helpful for students that really struggle learning the "hard" facts like 7x7, 6x7, 8x7, 8x4 etc.
I have a students color the posters and we have a coloring contest.  The winning poster gets laminated and displayed on our math wall for reference.  It's super colorful and helpful as well!

Another thing I use that students love doing is called "Xtra Math."  It's an free online math program where you (the teacher) create a classroom account for each student that allows them to practice their basic math facts online.  Then students log onto their individual account and do customized multiplication practice. Best of all, the teacher and parents get a summary of the child's progress. Students can log on from home, too, so parents are happy to encourage math practice.
I like to begin the year teaching area (and perimeter) so we can use multiplication arrays to compute rectangular area and multiplication.  This reinforces the commutative process of multiplication, too! Make sure to teach fact families to reinforce multiplication facts and division at the same time.  There are so many ways to sneak in concepts!

What works for YOU to teach multiplication?  Leave a comment and share what works for you!

2 comments:

  1. Flocabulary.com has a rap/song that goes with every fact! It is a paid subscription, but there are a few that are free!

    Rachel
    A Tall Drink of Water

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  2. Thanks for the great ideas, Rachel!

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