This makes it relatively easy to teach.
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The Easiest Multiplication Facts to Teach
- Multiplying by zero.
Multiplying zero is always zero. An exaggerated example often helps to illustrate the point: zero times a trillion is zero.
- Multiplying by one.
One times a number is the number . Again use exaggeration: One times a zillion is a zillion.
- Multiplying by two.
Times two is a double. eg., 4 × 2 = 4 + 4 = 8 (sample worksheet)
- Multiplying by four.
Times four is a double plus a double. eg., 4 × 4 = 8 + 8 = 16 (sample worksheet)
- Multiplying by five.
Times five is best done by counting by fives. I tell my older students there are four times that I allow them to use their fingers -- 1) times five, 2) times nine, 3) divided by five, and 4) divided by nine.
- Multiplying by nine. Traditionally, times 9 can be thought of as times 5 plus times 4. (sample worksheet)
Magic Nine: Nine is such a magical number, kids love it. Another method is to lay your hands on the desk, fold under a finger. The number of fingers on each side of the folded finger is the answer to times nine.
eg., 9 × 6. Fold under the sixth finger, the fingers left of the folded finger is the first number = 5, the fingers right of the folded finger is the last number = 4 so the answer to 9 × 6 = 54. (subscribed members use our magic nine worksheets.)
The 'Not-So' Easiest Multiplication Facts to Teach
- Multiplying by three.
Times three is a double plus the number. eg., 8 × 3 = (8 + 8) + 8 = 16 + 8 = 24
- Multiplying by eight.
Times eight is times four plus times four. eg., 8 × 8 = (8 × 4) + (8 × 4) = 32 + 32 = 64
- Multiplying by six.
Times six is a double plus a double plus a double.
eg., 8 × 6 = (8 + 8) + (8 + 8) + (8 + 8) = 16 + 16 + 16 = 48
or times five plus the number. eg., 8 × 6 = (8 × 5) + 8 = 40 + 8 = 48
The Rest of the Multiplication Facts to Teach
- 7 × 7. This is all that is left and can best be done by using times five plus a double,
or (7 × 5) + (7 + 7) = 35 + 14 = 49.
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