Memorize Multiplication Facts
Students who know their multiplication facts automatically have a much easier time when they have to do more complex mathematical operations.
The facts on the recording sheet are organized in a triangle because of the commutative property: if a student knows 6x8, they don’t need to spend time memorizing 8x6. This essentially chops the chart in half and makes the task seem a bit easier.
Using the recording sheet (pg. 3) and the class chart (pg.4):
Work with each student on a 1 to 1 weekly basis weekly until they have their facts completely memorized.
Read one fact a loud to the student. You can highlight the correct answers in green and the incorrect answers in pink. The key at the top of the page has been left blank in case you have different colored pens at your disposal.
When students have incorrectly answered 5 questions, stop quizzing them. This makes the task of memorizing a so many multiplication problems feel more achievable.
Then, ask students make their own flashcards of the 5 problems they got wrong, using card-stock (or some other thick paper). They can practice the facts throughout the day or as homework.
It is helpful to send the worksheet home so that parents are aware of their child’s progress towards memorizing their facts.
If a student has mastered a set of numbers, mark the date that the facts were memorized on the class chart.
The following week, re-test students on the entire set of facts that they didn’t have memorized. For example, if a student last had their 6’s memorized, review all of the 7’s even if they had some of them memorized the prior week.
When students have all their multiplication facts memorized, work with them on their division facts.
I hope this resource helps your students memorize their multiplication facts!