# How to teach multiplication?

Discussion in 'Elementary Education Archives' started by KiewiStyles, Aug 12, 2006.

1. ### KiewiStylesRookie

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I'm thinking flashcards, math games, and a lot of reinforcements. Anything else? Thanks!

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Start with concrete items. Use manipulatives. 3x4 means 3 groups of 4. Model it with manipulatives. Have kids do it and count the total. Use the word product for total. Make sure kids can count by 2's, 5's, 10's before starting.

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5. ### Beth2004Maven

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Definitely use manipulatives. Also, let them draw things out (equal groups and arrays). As upsadaisy suggested, make sure they understand that 3x4 means 3 groups of 4. They need to understand exactly what it is that they're doing before they start memorizing the facts.

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7. ### Miss_JHabitué

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Use the manipulatives. In student teaching, my finale project was on multiplication. I used the "M&M COunting Book" and built a serries of lessons around it. They caught on very quickly!!

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The brain needs the concrete models, then pictorial models, then abstract. So, even 4th graders benefit from the manipulatives. Lots of primary teachers think that if a child can understand with just the pictorial models then they should skip the manipulatives. That isn't true at all. (The same thing happens with place value. I see the results of this in middle schoolers who don't have a solid internalized sense of numeracy.)

9. ### TeacherGroupieModerator

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'Even 4th graders'? Heck, even grownups!

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