Teaching Times Tables

Age Range: 5 - 11

Do you use any activities that are particularly effective? Have you found any great resources which help children to remember them?

Zboulton:

To teach the 9 times table I remind the children that the number in the 10s column will be one less than the number they are multiplying 9 by. EG 8 x 9 will have a 7 in the tens column as it is 1 less than the 8 and the answer is a number bond to 9.  Therefore 8 x 9 is 72 because 7 + 2 = 9.

L000491071:

Have the students count off by ones. When they come to mutliple you wish them to learn, the students have to say BUZZ instead of the multiple. Continue counting by saying the next number in sequence. See how high the students can go.

Ex: counting by 5s. 1-2-3-4-BUZZ-6-7-8-9-BUZZ. As the students get the hang of the game, have them start counting off one by one. Naturally you will have a student who will focus on if he or she has to say BUZZ or who has to say buzz.

(Yes, it is like the college drinking game.)

Edward Jacobson:

Karen's sounds similar to how I teach my 3rd graders. I learned a strategy from Making Math Real, a program taught at Berkeley Extension and much throughout Texas. It has to do with 9-Lines of products in a 3x3 box. Students repeat the products in order, I erase one at a time and we continue to repeat the products until all are gone. Each time I erase one the students take a picture "click" of the product, I ask which one was there, I bounce around to others that are erased and we say all the products in order.

Jenny:

I teach 9-12 year olds and they love playing 'champions' also known as 'last man standing' It is fabulous fun. Pick 2 pupils to go against each other. Pick a 3rd child to give them a multiplication question. The person who gets the answer the quickest goes through to the next round. Continue this way until there is only one champion left. 
Also we do our tables to the tune of 'we will rock you', the children enjoy this as it's not just reciting the tables and the children who have been well behaved get to use the drum to keep the beat. They really enjoy it.
Also we do speed tables in the morning using this website. Hope this all helps!!

Karen Goossen:

I teach 8-9 year olds and we do a lot of drill practise every day. We often play a game where I write one of the tables on the board eg. 7x in the centre, surrounded by all the mulitiples - like 7, 14, 28, 35... scattered around the centre. I point to random numbers and they have to give me the answer - if I point to 35, they shout out 5! We usually do this as a chain game where we go around the class and see how far we can get without breaking the chain. The kids love this. I have also found some wonderful online tables games which the kids can't wait to play. I find the interactive ones where they can play against each other, fantastic. Try this link -  http://www.multiplication.com/ I think kids of any age would enjoy these!

Softersin:

I teach 6-7 year olds. We do a game called "Pass the teddy". When each child has the teddy they say the next number in the sequence counting in 2s, 5s, 10s etc. We also do team counting where each half of the class take it in turns to say the next number in the sequence, I choose a team at the end who did the best and have won. We then progress to multiplication tables by holding up each of our fingers for each number in the sequence we chant (eg For 2x : "2" 1 finger , "4" 2 fingers, "6" 3 fingers up to 10x2). As we are counting I will pick a child and they will tell me the related multiplication fact ( eg if we were counting in 5s and I had stopped them at 30 the child would say 5 x 6 = 30 (they would see it was x6 because they would have 6 fingers up). The children seem to really enjoy these games. This age group especially like pass the teddy. When I taught 10 year olds they enjoyed the team counting a lot.

Karen12:

Times tables set to music. It doesn't work for everyone but it does for auditory learners. It's great if you can find ones that use a different style of music for each times table.
Multiplication.com has a variety of games that suit both boys and girls. You can choose a particular set of times tables, a selected range (e.g. 0 to 5) or all of them.

022Duxburyc:

Learn them with a song, there are plenty of great tunes out there.  Perhaps even make a class rap and dance moves to go with it.  Video and save to the blog for all to see and learn.....works for me!

Mark Warner:

Some of the following ideas have been successful in my class:

  • Giving children a chance to make their own multiplication square at the start of the year. These are then laminated so that children can keep and refer to them throughout the rest of the year.
  • Percy Parker is always a favourite - see http://www.www.teachingideas.co.uk... - Percy has songs, software and an iPhone / iPad app to reinforce knowledge of times tables.
  • We've also set up regular times tables quizzes using our voting systems.

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Mark Warner

Some of the following ideas have been successful in my class:* Giving children a chance to make their own multiplication square at the start of the year. These are then laminated so that children can keep and refer to them throughout the rest of the year.* Percy Parker is always a favourite - see http://www.www.teachingideas.co.uk... - Percy has songs, software and an iPhone / iPad app to reinforce knowledge of times tables.* We've also set up regular times tables quizzes using our voting systems.

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022Duxburyc

Learn them with a song, there are plenty of great tunes out there.  Perhaps even make a class rap and dance moves to go with it.  Video and save to the blog for all to see and learn.....works for me!

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Karen12

Times tables set to music. It doesn't work for everyone but it does for auditory learners. It's great if you can find ones that use a different style of music for each times table.Multiplication.com has a variety of games that suit both boys and girls. You can choose a particular set of times tables, a selected range (e.g. 0 to 5) or all of them.

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Colleen Young

I teach older students but am sometimes asked for online resources so they can practise. I included a section on tables with my favourite Maths games collections:http://mathematicsgames.wordpr...

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Softersin

I teach 6-7 year olds. We do a game called "Pass the teddy". When each child has the teddy they say the next number in the sequence counting in 2s, 5s, 10s etc. We also do team counting where each half of the class take it in turns to say the next number in the sequence, I choose a team at the end who did the best and have won. We then progress to multiplication tables by holding up each of our fingers for each number in the sequence we chant (eg For 2x : "2" 1 finger , "4" 2 fingers, "6" 3 fingers up to 10x2). As we are counting I will pick a child and they will tell me the related multiplication fact ( eg if we were counting in 5s and I had stopped them at 30 the child would say 5 x 6 = 30 (they would see it was x6 because they would have 6 fingers up). The children seem to really enjoy these games. This age group especially like pass the teddy. When I taught 10 year olds they enjoyed the team counting a lot.

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Karen Goossen

I teach 8-9 year olds and we do a lot of drill practise every day. We often play a game where I write one of the tables on the board eg. 7x in the centre, surrounded by all the mulitiples - like 7, 14, 28, 35... scattered around the centre. I point to random numbers and they have to give me the answer - if I point to 35, they shout out 5! We usually do this as a chain game where we go around the class and see how far we can get without breaking the chain. The kids love this. I have also found some wonderful online tables games which the kids can't wait to play. I find the interactive ones where they can play against each other, fantastic. Try this link -  http://www.multiplication.com/ I think kids of any age would enjoy these!

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Jenny

I teach 9-12 year olds and they love playing 'champions' also known as 'last man standing' It is fabulous fun. Pick 2 pupils to go against each other. Pick a 3rd child to give them a multiplication question. The person who gets the answer the quickest goes through to the next round. Continue this way until there is only one champion left. Also we do our tables to the tune of 'we will rock you', the children enjoy this as it's not just reciting the tables and the children who have been well behaved get to use the drum to keep the beat. They really enjoy it.Also we do speed tables in the morning using this website. www.topmarks.co.uk/flash.aspx?... Hope this all helps!!

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Edward Jacobson

Karen's sounds similar to how I teach my 3rd graders. I learned a strategy from Making Math Real, a program taught at Berkeley Extension and much throughout Texas. It has to do with 9-Lines of products in a 3x3 box. Students repeat the products in order, I erase one at a time and we continue to repeat the products until all are gone. Each time I erase one the students take a picture "click" of the product, I ask which one was there, I bounce around to others that are erased and we say all the products in order.

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Donna100

I have just come across this site and wondered if a song I've written might help some children to learn their times tables. The tune is meant to be fun to sing and there is a little repetitive instrumental part that could be played as an introduction. There is also an opportunity for the children to add their own ideas for ending each verse with a rhyming task. Hope it's of some use! http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-...

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L000491071

Teaching multiplicationSW count by learn to skip count.Have the students count off by ones. When they come to mutliple you wish them to learn, the students have to say BUZZ instead of the multiple. Continue counting by saying the next number in sequence. See how high the students can go.Ex: counting by 5s. 1-2-3-4-BUZZ-6-7-8-9-BUZZ. As the students get the hang of the game, have them start counting off one by one. Naturally you will have a student who will focus on if he or she has to say BUZZ or who has to say buzz.(Yes, it is like the college drinking game.)

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Graham Woodward

I am Graham Woodward ,a very busy private home tutor.I have invented and develped a unique fantasti c system for learning times tables.My local school use it and nearly all the parents of my tutored children have bought one.I will send anyone inerested free details or you can see brief details of it on my training web-site(until new web site is ready next week)www.gpwtutoring.co.uk I have many grateful testimonials I will show you .I'm at present in talks with Kip McGrath himself who thinks it is ' an axcellent system!!'

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Billjames

You could replace the typical times tables tests with a different method, such as that found free to download on www.quicktimestables.comIt's their opinion that the format of tables tests add to the stress and difficulty.

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Frank de Witte

This website is really useful!! www.learn-timestables.com.On this website times tables arepracticed in a unique way because the already controlled sums are kept in ascheme.Sums that are not controlled yet arethen offered more frequently so children can focus on these sums specifically. 

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Zboulton

To teach the 9 times table I remind the children that the number in the 10s column will be one less than the number they are multiplying 9 by. EG 8 x 9 will have a 7 in the tens column as it is 1 less than the 8 and the answer is a number bond to 9.  Therefore 8 x 9 is 72 because 7 + 2 = 9.

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gabriellacooksen

in many teachers opinion,i'm certain that many students/children can learn off by heart with percy parker and his times table. over the past few years children have become really confident and are able to learn the times tables THANKS TO PERCY PARKER and his amazi'n rocken roll fun learning times table.I use this times table by percy in every class i teach, and it really shows the childrens listning and learning skills towards their times table success! thanks percy parker//learning wid percy.c

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Colleen

what are tips you have helping adults with there times tables?

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Chris Read

I'm currently working with adults; many of whom even those at Level 1, are shaky on their tables. I'd be very interested in ways to motivate my students to learn heir tables. I was brought up to believe knowing tables were very important to know (but then I am a Maths graduation so I have a comfort with numbers. Many of my students obviously lack that comfort, and teaching ideas explicitly targeted at 8-9 years olds will be no use to me as adults are unlikely to warm to teaching methods so labelled (which isn't to say this method isn't great for its target audience) Does anyone here work with similar clientele to myself?

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crazy woman

A good tip I always found is to put an action to each table. E.g:- if you were doing the 3 times table you could do starjumps to every digit. Post here if you need more info.

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martha

really love maths

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