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How do YOU teach multiplication?
Old 10-27-2007, 12:38 PM
 
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I am looking for fun and motivating ways to get all of my 4th graders to learn their multiplication facts. These could be motivators, centers, games, or activities that you use. Please share!


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I went to the dollar store and bought a box of flash cards. I give one card to each student and they walk around and quiz each other on their fact, when the quiz is done they switch. They love it and we do it almost every day for about 5-10 minutes. Let me know if that doesn't make sense.
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good one!
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I really like that idea. Thanks!
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you bet! Glad I could help. We do it for other things sometimes also...vocab and such.
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Old 10-27-2007, 07:56 PM
 
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Love that flashcard idea! I also use a multiplication cd ~ I put the words on the overhead and my 3rd graders love them, so maybe 4th would too?! Here's the website:

http://www.intelli-tunes.com/music-c...math-songs.htm


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songs!
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I taught my 4th graders multiplication songs this year and they love it! Some teachers do not like the idea b/c they think the kids are using the songs as a crutch (which they are at first) instead of just memorizing the facts. I personally don't mind how they remember them, as long as they know them! I also give a beat the clock, 60 second timed test each friday on a particular fact in the times table. We focus on 1 fact per week. We started on the 2 times table and work our way up to the 12's. The students cannot move on until they pass the prior weeks. They also have nightly multiplication homework to help study (it's the same every week - just with a different fact).

I got the song idea from PT - if you're interested, just look in the archives and if you can't find it let me know. I'm sure I saved it somewhere.
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Learning Multiplication
Old 10-28-2007, 08:31 AM
 
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We use 100's charts and highlight numbers by skip counting by 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 6's, 7's, 8's, 9's, 10's, 11's, and 12's. We observe all the patterns we can after making each chart. Then we make a book of these charts and they can use them as a reference sheet for answers to multiplcation problems by counting up to the highlighted number they are looking for on the correct chart.

We draw many arrays to illustrate multiplcation problems.

We build arrays to demonstrate a multiplication problem using connecting blocks.

I read 7 x 9 = TROUBLE by Claudia Mills aloud to them. In the story the students receive an ice cream after learning all their times tables. We can not serve ice cream, but they do get a pudding cup with whip cream as a reward, plus a certificate.

We also read Each Orange Had Eight Slices. Then we make a class book following this pattern.

They memorize their 0's then take the test. They have to get 100% before taking their 1's. Then 2's, 5's, 10's, and 11,s. Then we learn the 9 using the nine's trick. Then there begins to be a lot that they already know if they reverse them. They learn their 3's, 4's, 6's, 7's, 8's, and
12's. Finally they get their pudding treat.

After that we do a mixed review of all their multiplcation facts.

Also checkout the math video on www.mathplayground.com on How Can I Learn My Times Tables?. I just found it on Pro Teacher and can't wait to share it with my students and third grade team.

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Could you send me a link to the songs?
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Would you mind emailing me a link to those songs? My email is jenniferandchase@comcast.net
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multiplication songs
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Would you post the link on a reply?
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Here are the multiplication songs
Old 11-27-2007, 05:45 PM
 
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This is where I got the idea to do this.

http://www.proteacher.org/a/30864_Mu...ion_songs.html

But if you just type "multiplication songs" into the search engine, there are many more posts in the archives.

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