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Multiplication Facts



I call this “Pyramid Facts”. It was my way of making the memorization of multiplication facts more manageable and less overwhelming. First the students learn a song for counting by threes and a song for counting by fours as well as a “trick” for nines. Then the students and I fill in the “easy” facts on the multiplication grid. We know how to count by ones, twos, threes, fours, fives, nines, and tens so this goes rather quickly. What I love is that the students are always surprised by how much they know! There are only nine squares open on the grid that need to be memorized. Thanks to the commutative property of multiplication there are actually only six facts to memorize (7×8 is the same as 8×7). I call these six facts the Pyramid Facts. We spend time memorizing these and students begin to gain confidence in their ability to know the multiplication facts. (Remember that while learning these facts, students should begin by seeing the correct answer so that a correct mind picture forms. On my pyramid I put sticky notes. The students first practice by saying the facts aloud then I take the sticky notes off and they again say the facts aloud while replacing the answers.)

Some Kids Just Need To Move

Pyramid Facts (you can read about them here):

Here’s an activity to practice pyramid facts that also gets a student moving:

To start working towards division, the student rearranged the numbers to show division:


Another Appy Friday

20140110-145756.jpg A friend at lunch one day said,” I know an app that you will love.” Well, he was right! Shadow Puppet allows you to narrate photos and saves it all as a video. I have used it with a study group, taking pictures of the whiteboard with our notes, recording info, then emailing the video of this to each student making studying at home much easier and much more independent. I used it today to take a picture of an old heater vent in my classroom and record the rattles so that I could send the resulting video to our VP to get the needed repairs. I have snapped photos of a student’s review sheet, recorded myself reading it, then sent it to students to help them study for a test.
This is a video I made for a student explaining Pyramid Facts (she joined our class after I had already taught it to everyone else, this got her caught up.)

The emailed videos can also be viewed on a PC.

Website Helpful for Reviewing

pocket folder for flashcards

pocket folder for flashcards

20131114-194223.jpg – a free website for quizzing and testing. I like it for students to independently practice something while I need to spend time with another student.  (They can also practice skills from home.)  Also good when I have a student that finished early. So far I have used it for vocabulary review and math fact review.


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