Monday, June 27, 2011

Multiplication--Part 2 Factors Over Five

Let, me start by saying that I believe that everyone should know their multiplication facts by heart.

In this post, I am going to share a method to help students who do not know their facts to gain confidence.   I am a firm believer, that with continued practice, students will eventually memorize their facts.

For this to work, BOTH numbers need to be larger than 5.  (I do not recommend using 6 x 7 as it is harder to mentally think through when first learning.)

The problem I am using for example is 7 x 8. 
Have students put hands in the air with palms facing them.  Show them the problem written down on a piece of paper.

The conversation should go something like this:

1.  Are both numbers larger than 5?  yes 
2.  This will only work if both numbers are over 5!
3.  Look at the first number which is the 7.  How much over 5 is seven?  2    Bend down 2 fingers on your left hand.

4.  Look at the second factor.  It is a 8.  How much over 8 is 5?  3  Bend down 3 fingers on your right hand.

5. Their hands should look like this.

6.  How many total fingers are bent down?  5                           What is 5 x 10?  50

7.  How many fingers are not bent on your left hand?  3  
8.  How many fingers are not bent on your right hand?  2

9.  What is 3 x 2?  6
10.What is 50 + 6?  56  so 7 x 8 = 56


Basic rules:

Both numbers have to be over 5.

Take total number of bent fingers times 10, and then

Multiply the fingers not bent on one hand times the other hand's not bent fingers

Add the two numbers to get the product.

Next time:  Things to make it "fun" to learn multiplication



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Camp Kindergarten


I've gotten so many good ideas from your blog! Thank you for being part of the giveaway.


Thank you for being part of the giveway! Awesome stuff!


This is a great way to teach multiplication! I am tutoring this summer and will use this with my kiddos!

Faithful in First


You're awesome!


Thanks for helping Ms Kindergarten celebrate her birthday! :o) Neat idea for teaching multiplication ~ I hadn't seen that before! AWESOME blog!! :o)



Thank you for participating in the Ms. Kindergarten's birthday giveaway! You are absolutely awesome!

Miss Terrell

Great ideas for multiplication! Love your blog!


WOW! What a fantastic method! I think it's great even for those who do know their facts. It'll get them thinking outside the box. Thank you!

Vintage Teacher

I hope it is useful for your students Suha.

Robyn and Henry

Wow! That's neat!
I just sat here for a good 15 minutes trying a bunch of combinations, amazed every time that it worked and, also, that I never knew this one before. My kids will love this. Thanks for the post.

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