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Multiplication facts- Action research project


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I am a 3rd grade teacher in Florida and currently involved in doing an action research project. My topic is best teaching and practices for automaticity of the multiplication facts. I would very interested in practices, techniques, stategies,games,parental involvment, websites,etc. that you use and find success with. Thank you, Susan


I use this website



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variety, practice and more practice Petunia

Flash cards, Mad Minutes, Times Tables the Fun Way ---short stories to help students remember facts, fact families, rays, skip counting, alligartor crawl, finger trick for nines, games, practice, practice and more practice... It takes a wide variety of ideas and lots of practice.


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Multiplication Wrap ups

Multiplication Wrap Ups are a great alternative to flash cards. There is even a tape that plays rap music for each set of times tables. The children can wrap their wrap-up to the rap music!


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Hands-on multiplication

Helping children understand the concept of multiplication will help with memorization as well as the ability to derive answers when memory fails. I accomplish this using Montessori methods: Multiplication Bead Board (booklet available free from www.our-montessori.com) and Decanomial Bead Box (for mixed problems). When using the Decanomial Box or the Multiplication Bead Board, the first factor is the denomination, and the second factor is the multiplier (aligns with CTBS).

E.g. 3 X 9 = denomination is 3, mulitplier is 9

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Nine groups of 3 beads.
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

The materials are aesthetically pleasing (visual), handled by the child (kinesthetic/tactile). The child works thru problems on his/her own, checking answers with a control chart (e.g. Multiplication Tables, Table of Pythagoras). This has been especially helpful to right-brain and special ed students. I introduce this concept at age 4-5 years.

bernadette g

multiplication facts

I have a multiplication lesson for L.D. students who contiuously forget their multiplication facts. Basically, I have them make a term table, an idea I got from another teacher at our site.

3 x
3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27

The students make this take for the 3's, 4's, and 6 - 9 's
Even though the students may know these numbers having them written down helps to free their working memory from retrieving this information and helps them to focus on the algorithms for other math operations.

I also have alternative ways to do multiplication (not lattice) and division. If you would like a copy email me at bernadetteglaze@charter.net

Aun Nan

Resource Teacher

Please send me any ideas - my students are really struggling this year. My email at school is njackson@weber.k12.ut.us



Alternative ways of teaching mult. and div.

I am interested in any alternative ways of teaching multiplication and division. Thanks!


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Some of my students are learning multiplication, and we use our fingers. So if they're doing 2x3 they hold up 2 fingers and count both of them 3 times to get their answer. It gets difficult and some digits get lost along the way, but most of them grasp at least the concept of how it works, so memorizing the facts isn't far behind.


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Grade Level Challenge

We are having a grade level challenge at my school. We have a schedule set up for three weeks. We challenge one class a day during this time. We use the Around the World format. Each class forms a line and a person from each line challenges each other with a flash card. The winner goes to the end of the line and the loser is out. My kids are really learning their facts. It is really good because they know them quickly. If they cannot say the fact in at least a second, it is most likely that the other team will beat them. Also, when you have to stand up in front of everyone daily, it is obvious to everyone who is practicing and who is not. I remind them that they must contribute to the team. We cannot just depend on a few. There are 4 third grade classes. When you beat a classs a star goes up on the bulletin board. The class with the most stars at the end of the challenge is the winner. We will culminate this activity by feeding the winning class. The three losing classes will bring treats(each student). The winning class wil get food first and the three losing classes will eat after them. In the end, everyone will eat and everyone will be happy!!!!

Mrs. Delaney

Sequence counting and Touchmath

Hi Susan,

Every year, I have a handful of students who understand the CONCEPT of multiplication but have trouble practicing the multiplication facts and keeping consistency in their problem-solving. I have found that teaching them sequencing counting and using Touchmath is very effective for them.

I use a CD called "Multiplication Unplugged" and have students make sequence counting strips so that they know skip-counting through visual repetition and musical repetition. Then, I show them how to use Touchmath, which is a program where students actually touch points on numerals to ensure accuracy. Check out www.touchmath.com.

These methods seem to work especially well with students with LD.

Hope that helps.

Pamela Delaney


Multiplication & division

Please send me a copy to klockley@stmary.k12.la.us. Any help you could provide me will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


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action research

I am just getting ready to begin my action research class and like you wanted to focus on multiplication. Did you find it difficult to find enough information on this topic? Our paper has to be 40 pages long. I need to write my proposal this week and just don't want to choose a topic that is too narrow. thanks for any help or advice you can give me. I am a fourth grade teacher and unfortunately our students don't really learn multiplication until fourth grade in our district.


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hai storybook

hai... i'm jijoe from malaysia. i am interested about your post about the action research that you are going to do, so it's finish yet?
if you don't mind, i would like to read the whole action research that you have done. can you email me at : jijoe2k@yahoo.com


3rd Grade Teacher

A teacher showed us how to use the tic tac toe board to help them figure out a multiplication fact. If they needed to multiply 7 x 8, they draw 7 tally marks above the tic tac toe board. Then they count the marks once, write the answer in the first box. Count them again, adding them to the first answer, and write this number in the second box, and so on. This works for 1's to 9's. For 11's and 12's I have them add another row to the bottom of the tic tac toe board. This helps with word problems, etc., not really with memorization.