Does anyone have any fun ideas on how to teach multiplication facts through the tens using concrete models? Thanks!

I've been helping my 8 year old niece with this... the way i've done it with her is get a bunch of dixie cups and juicy fruit gummies....(her favorite candy) we put out the number of cups for the number of groups and we put the number of gummies in each cup for how many in each group. So 4x3 would be 4 cups and 3 gummies in each cup... After we are done, she gets to eat the gummies and she is happy.... of course, she is getting better at memorizing now and doesnt need so much manipulative stuff, so we agree that when she is done she gets a packet or 2 of the gummies

This is a great idea. However, at my school, we are not allowed to give candy during school. I would probably use crackers or some other inexpensive nutritional treat. Thank you for your reply.

we've also used dixie cups and frozen grapes...her second favorite treat frozen they last longer, and in my opion, are yummier than regular grapes.

We use Unifix cubes. And the Times Tables the Fun Way stories. And Flash cards. And banana splits. And skip counting. And games. flat tire, dice & roll, math tournment. And Mad Minutes. And Alligator Crawl. And draw pictures in sets on our white boards. three rows with six circles in each row, count the circles OR 3x6=18. And the nine finger trick. turn under the other number finger. put your hands on the table in front of you. 4x9. turn under the four finger and you see three fingers for the first number and six after the four = 36. And the over head projector ---lay out pix in sets... And math families Multiplication seems so hard for most students.

Thank you for your suggestions. Would you tell me more about the banana splits and the alligator crawl?

Does anybody know the rhymes to the tough mult. facts? I heard they are great but I haven’t been able to get them.

6 and 8 when out to skate when they came back they were 48 I 8 and I 8 till I got sick on the floor. 8 times 8 is 64 5, 6, 7, 8 (7 times 8 is 56) 7 times 7...I say, "football". The class answers, "the 49ers!" I have a few more but I can't think of them right now! When I do, I'll let you know.

I always learned "Grapes and Cherries grow on a vine, and 7x7 is 49. The problem, of course, is that cherries grow on branches, not vines. I have never forgotten it though!

Thanks! Love them! I also know what you meant by 5,6,7,8 - I guess that means I have been teaching for toooooooooooo many years! Monica