Fun ways to teach kids the multiplication tables.


Multiplication skills are a part of life for children of school age around the third grade. This is when teachers start asking students to memorize their multiplication tables, which requires considerable effort on the part of students, teachers

Multiplication skills are a part of life for children of school age around the third grade. This is when teachers start asking students to memorize their multiplication tables, which requires considerable effort on the part of students, teachers and parents. Once the concept of multiplication is taught and students understand the multiplication process as repeated addition, at some point they work on memorizing facts to make them easier to remember. Learning the multiplication tables becomes a huge obstacle for some students who do not have the ability, desire or skill to memorize easily. Engagement activities can help these students learn more about the multiplication tables.

Illustrated book
Have students create an illustrated book of facts. Pictures can help students get a mental picture of the fact and remember it. Have them create a mini-book for each of the multiplication tables as a learning center or independent activity. Give students an example illustration. Show them that an illustration of a multiple number sentence shows a number of groups with a given number of items in each group. For example, to draw three multiplied by two, students could draw three circles with two apples in each circle. Have students include the equation of fact with the answer,

Competition
Many children love and are motivated by competitions. Show students the multiplication tables, pointing out that the answers are the numbers you say by skipping the count by the number you are multiplying by. Give students copies of the multiplication tables so that they can study independently in the classroom or at home. Inform the students that the class will have a contest in which all the students can be winners if they manage to memorize the multiplication tables you need.

To keep the interest of struggling students, organize the contest in increments of three times the number of tables. Every Friday, run a timed test to see who has successfully memorized the three required time tables that week. For those who succeed, offer a reward such as lunch with the teacher and a small treat. The following week, students who passed the previous week move on to the next level and those who could not try again. Offer a higher premium to students who master all the fact tables.

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