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Introducing Multiplication...



The earlier students start learning their times tables, the easier their math lives will be. Multiplication can be confusing for new learners. I find counting by groups out loud (starting with 1's, 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's) to be a great way to get students that are already comfortable with counting and addition to begin understanding multiplication.


 

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They offer offer multiplication practice problems in sequence, then by matching, shuffling, and finally multiples choice. Students then earn a diploma! It's a fun and fast way of mastering multiplication.

 

I love www.IXL.com for all K-12 subjects, especially math. The have great problems sets for introducing students to multiplication. Normally I start with the following sections that practice adding by groups of 1's, 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10s:



 

Next, we practice counting by groups together out loud. Below are fun and helpful practice videos that students can sing and count along to on their own:


Counting by 1's - 1, 2, 3, 4.... (up to 20)




Counting by 2's - 2, 4, 6, 8... (up to 20)




Counting by 3's - 3, 6, 9, 12... (up to 30)




Counting by 5's - 5, 10, 15, 20... (up to 50)




Counting by 10's - 10, 20, 30, 40... (up to 100)




 

Then we complete times table worksheets together:























 

Finally, we practice reciting the times tables by heart - first ones, then twos, then threes. Memorization of the times tables is key. I find this is achieved quickly by repeating multiplication drills over and over again.


Once students are comfortable with basic times tables of 1's, 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's, they will have the building blocks needed to start learning more challenging times tables including 4's, 6's, 7's, 8's, and 9's!


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