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One of the greatest inhibitors for students memorizing their times tables is being overwhelmed by the number of factors on the chart. These charts and accompanying lessons, aim to reduce anxiety and demonstrate to students how much they know and as a result, boost confidence in their belief that learning all their facts is an achievable goal.
These are not traditional multiplication tables. There are 3 different charts which push students to practice strategies rather than just use the chart as a calculator. I have included detailed lesson ideas and 5 posters to help introduce the charts to your students. The main goal is to simplify information to increase the chart's effectiveness as a learning tool.
The charts provide students with minimal information and are given to students based on current level of knowledge. Facts a student already knows are eliminated so they are pushed to use strategies. Strategy reminders are included on the multiplication tables to help guide students into higher level thinking.
They are color coded not just by repeated addition but by knowledge learned (easy to challenging). For this reason the colors do not follow the usual lines of the backwards "L" format.
Chart 1 is simplified by eliminating fact family duplicates. These work well for students with learning disabilities.
Chart 2 makes students recall addition knowledge, repeated addition and use reliable strategies. Only 21 facts are provided.
Chart 3 reduces the provided facts to 7 and makes the student accountable for the rest of the facts.
There also 4 student practice sheets that can also be used as assessment.