Like many educators, I have searched to find a manipulative that would help teach my students multiplication. After a great deal of trial an error, I realized a guide for step-counting the multiplication facts for the 1’s, 2’s. 3’s, 4’s, 6’s, 7’s, 8’s, and 9’s could be contained within only two sets of numbers: I determined that each of these number sets could be arranged in a three by three grid and rotated to derive eight of the numerical patterns of multiplication.
I have used this manipulative for about eight years now and have seen many students benefit significantly. What I am selling is the video of the manipulative I created showing this new method. Once the students view the video a couple of times, they can then usually learn this skill with a simple tic-tac-toe grid of numbers they write on their paper. Although I would love to sell the manipulative itself, I have found the students only need the video. Then they just make a tic-tac-toe with the 9s on the top on one side, the 8s on the top on the other, and they have a tool for success.
Teachers and parents have been amazed by the device’s simplicity, effectiveness, and that the student is guided to, not given the answer. I believe that my step-counting manipulative is a real breakthrough to help teach multiplication. Best of all, the kids say “wow” when they first learn how it works and how it can help them find multiplication facts consistently.
Once kids have watched the video a few times, they can make a tic-tac-toe with 9 through 1 on one side, 8, 6, 4, 2, 0, 8, 6, 4, 2 on the other. They can use that, rotate it, even on exams until their facts are memorized. Hope you find it as great as my kids!