# How to teach the times table?

Discussion in 'Third Grade' started by anat1963, Mar 25, 2015.

1. ### anat1963New Member

Joined:
Mar 25, 2015
Messages:
1
0

Mar 25, 2015

Hello everybody
I developed a system of learning by heart the multiplication table in an easy way, and it's been used in Israel in a form of a kit.
In order to adapt correctly the multiplication kit to the American pupil, I need to find out the way the lines in the multiplication table are being taught in America, namely if you carry on until times 12.
Example: when teaching line 2, do you teach:
2x1, 2x2, 2x3, 2x4, 2x5, 2x6 ,2x7 ,2x8, 2x9, 2x10, 2x11, 2x12 or do you teach up to 2x10 while lines 11 & 12 are taught separately after teaching all ten lines up to
10x10.

Thank you very much for your help!

3. ### czaczaMultitudinous

Joined:
Sep 30, 2001
Messages:
24,959
2,116

Mar 25, 2015

This depends on state curriculum for each grade level. We don't have a 'true' national curriculum. many state have adopted Common Core standards but again it depends on grade level. Grade 3 tends to be up to 10 and multiplying with multiples of ten.

4. ### bisonHabitué

Joined:
Feb 2, 2012
Messages:
874
0

Mar 25, 2015

In California, we teach up to 12 in the first way that you mentioned.
2x0, 2x1, 2x2, 2x3, 2x4, 2x5, 2x6 ,2x7 ,2x8, 2x9, 2x10, 2x11, 2x12 would be taught all at once.

5. ### Rpar0809Rookie

Joined:
Dec 20, 2009
Messages:
12
0

Mar 25, 2015

My students are from low income areas. Most of them struggle with this task, and parents will not help.
The best method I have found relies on first memorizing skip counts of one factor. Each number gives an answer to that factor.
When the student can easily and quickly say and write them, show them how to write them out for that factor. Let the student do the same 3 times and then saying them aloud. Do not move to another factor until the first one is learned.
Example- of the 6's
Learn to Skip count 6 12 18 24 30 36 42 48 54 60
Show them- 1X6=6 2X6=12 3X6=18 4X6=24 5X6=30 & so on
Have them write/say each one 3 times.
++++
I have not found flash cards to be of help in memorizing them. They can help with speed once they know them. I have not seen a computer program that works well.
Common core says to learn them well by 3rd grade- an ambitious task. My school tries to do it by 4th grade. I have seen students that will learn them and then forget them unless regular repetition(homework) is assigned. I hope this makes sense and works for you.

Last edited: Mar 25, 2015

Joined:
Aug 2, 2002
Messages:
18,938
682

Mar 26, 2015

And I would certainly practice many activities for the concepts first, starting with the most hands-on activities. Have them verbalize what they create with manipulatives.

Joined:
Dec 20, 2009
Messages:
12