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Subject: any fun multiplication fact games?
Date Posted: 9/21/2007 8:50 AM ET
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Please teachers, help!  My 10 year old is still unable to remember her multiplication facts, especially 7s-9s.  I would love to just find some ways to practice while on the run so she doesn't feel like I am making her do more homework.   She knows them and then forgets them.  She is just not a memorizer.  I tried a picture based program but it was just silly.  We've tried some timed games but since she is an only child she has no one to play against at home (except adults) and there is no challnege.  Any songs? raps?  I have no idea.  I work with preschoolers and i think I am pretty good at making things fun, but how do you make this fun for a 5th grader?  Emily

Date Posted: 9/21/2007 12:32 PM ET
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Try this game . My grandson 6 years old he loves this game and has learned his time table! There is a free version on the site.


Date Posted: 9/21/2007 8:55 PM ET
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The easiest way to teach the nines is with your fingers. Hold up both hands....If your problem is 4X9...you count to the fourth fingerm that finger becomes the line between the tens place and the ones. To demonstrate your hands will show 3 fingers (te 10's) one down and six up or 36. works every time from 1X9 to 9X9.



Date Posted: 9/23/2007 8:20 PM ET
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thanks for the ideas!!  They seem to be helping already.  Emily

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 8:35 PM ET
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If she's strong on her facts through 5, then 6-10 can be done on her fingers.  The 9 trick that Lorene shared is the best for that number. Hopefully I can write this so it makes sense. *g*

Spread the fingers of both hands out on the table.  Each thumb is numbered 6, the index finger is 7, middle finger 8, ring finger 9 and pinkie is 10.  Thumbs touching is 6x6.  Each finger touching is worth 10 so the two thumbs equal 20.  Then multiply the remaining 4 fingers on each hand.  4x4 is 16.  20+16+36.  Make sense so far?  Now touch the thumb to your index finger. Fingers below the thumb and those touching the thumb are still worth 10, so you have 30 (2 thumbs+the index finger).  On the one hand you have 3 fingers showing, 4 showing on the other.  4x3 is 12, plus the 30 is 42.  It works all the way up to 10x10.

Hope this helps.


Date Posted: 9/24/2007 4:24 PM ET
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Thanks sandy,

Complicated but interesting which she may enjoy as a new way to practice.  emily

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 10:42 PM ET
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Wow, Sandy, I never heard of that! I guess its true, you do learn something new everyday! LOL



Date Posted: 10/4/2007 12:13 PM ET
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You can play a math adapted version of the card game War.  Each of you flip over 2 cards.  Multiply the 2 cards together...the one with the greatest product wins all the cards.  Play war if you tie.  You can make up the rules for the Jack, Queen, & King...maybe Jack is 10, Queen is 11,  & King is 12 so that you aren't always multiplying by 10.  Oh, and Ace is 1.   My students used to think they got some fun game time when I did this when, in reality, they were practicing math facts. 

BTW, this works for addition & subtraction too!

Date Posted: 10/4/2007 8:00 PM ET
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Hi,  my dd loved the 9s once I told her the story about the man trying to get a job and he had to take a test of the 9s to get the job.

He didn't know his 9s very well. He knew 9 x 1 = 9; 9 x 10 = 90 and 9 x 11 = 99; so after he answered the one's he knew he counted up the ones he didn't know


9 X 1 = 9

9 X 2 = 1

9 x 3 = 2

9 x 4 = 3

9 x 5 = 4

9 x 6 = 5

9 x 7 = 6

9 x 8 = 7

9 x 9 = 8



Then to be certain he was correct, he added again but this time from the bottom to the top.


9 x 1 = 9

9 x 2 =1 8

9 x 3 =2 7

9 x 4 =3 6

9 x 5 =4 5

9 x 6 =5 4

9 x 7 =6 3

9 x 8 =7 2

9 x 9 =8 1

Yeap, he got 8 of them (wrong) Oh! but look at his answers they are wright!  So, he got the job and was able to support his family!


She liked the story and for a child with dyslexia it really helped her!



Date Posted: 10/8/2007 12:38 AM ET
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These are really great ideas.  Thanks again everyone!!!  Emily C.

Date Posted: 10/8/2007 11:06 AM ET
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I just saw this product in The Old Schoolhouse magazine:


Also, Schoolhouse Rock is GREAT for this!  We have the 30th anniversary DVD and LOVE it!  There are so many gems!!!