If your students know their doubles addition facts then multiplying by two will be easy to master. You can go straight ahead and grab your freebie or read below to see how I introduce multiplying by 2 and grab your freebie at the end. The best way I’ve found to introduce multiplying by two is with manipulatives. Unifix cubes are… Read More

## A Multiplication Fact Fluency Homework Idea

If you’re a third grade teacher you’d know that learning the multiplication facts is a massive part of the third grade math curriculum. But it’s not the only part. And with only so many hours in the day to practice new math concepts, it makes sense for students to do some of that consolidation at home. An important part of… Read More

## Why Fact Families are Important for Understanding Subtraction

It’s not uncommon for teachers to spend a lot of time focusing on teaching the addition facts and then brush over subtraction. Subtraction has been the ‘poor relation’ that receives less attention. In fact, sometimes students are not helped to see that there is any relationship at all between addition and subtraction. (NZMaths n.d.) One of the top strategies for… Read More

## Why are some Multiplication Facts Harder to Master?

When it comes to teaching the multiplication facts, students will often find multiplying by 6, 7, 8 and 9 the trickiest to master. There are two main reasons why. Students don’t understand the Commutative Property of Multiplication. They don’t see 6 x 4 and 4 x 6 as being equivalent. While they can answer 4 x 6, the answer to… Read More

## Three Easy Ways to Achieve Multiplication Fact Fluency

If you come from a generation where learning to multiply meant reciting your multiplication tables over and over, then you probably don’t have positive thoughts about teaching multiplication. Maybe you were given timed tests or had your achievements (or lack of) displayed on the wall. It may even be that, as an adult, you’re not still fluent with your multiplication… Read More

## Skip Counting is an Important Multiplication Strategy

Learning the multiplication facts shouldn’t be about learning to recite the times tables. I’ve seen too many students searching their memories for the answer to 6 x 8, only to have them start at 1 x 8 = 8. There’s no knowledge of the multiplication thinking strategies that can help them reach the answer much faster. If kids need to… Read More

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