Learning Multiplication

I distinctly remember trying to learn my times tables. I still can’t do the 8’s and 9’s, especially 8×4 and 9×4! Fortunately, there are many tricks and strategies out there that can help you child learn to multiply. See the About.com article “Tricks to Learn the Multiplication Facts.”

It also helps to practice at home and read books about math! Try these out:


  • Times Tables the Fun Way, Judy Liautaud, Dave Rodriguez, and Val Chadwick Bagley
  • The Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Multiplication Book, Jerry Pallota and Rob Bolster
  • Multiplying Menace, the Revenge of Rumplestiltskin, Pam Calvert
  • The Grapes of Math, Greg Tang and Harry Briggs


  1. Pizza Math. Read Tang’s book and have a pizza party. Order pizza with lots of toppings and use your new tricks to count them.
  2. Math Party. Have a tea and chocolate party. Invite friends over to practice multiplication with chocolate bars.
  3. Multiplication Memory. Create a multiplication memory game by writing the fact on one card and the product on another. Do as many facts as you like, or need to practice, and find a partner to play with.
  4. Dice Facts. Take turns rolling dice and then multiplying the two numbers together.

Standard (Grade 3) From www.corestandards.org.

Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division.

  • CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.A.1 Interpret products of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 5 × 7 as the total number of objects in 5 groups of 7 objects each. For example, describe a context in which a total number of objects can be expressed as 5 × 7.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.A.2 Interpret whole-number quotients of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 56 ÷ 8 as the number of objects in each share when 56 objects are partitioned equally into 8 shares, or as a number of shares when 56 objects are partitioned into equal shares of 8 objects each. For example, describe a context in which a number of  shares or a number of groups can be expressed as 56 ÷ 8.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.A.3 Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.1
  • CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.A.4 Determine the unknown whole number in a multiplication or division equation relating three whole numbers. For example, determine the unknown number that makes the equation true in each of the equations 8 × ? = 48, 5 = _ ÷ 3, 6 × 6 = ?

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