One of the most common struggles I hear from parents and teachers is that kids still don't know their multiplication facts. Maybe you know this struggle all too well, especially if you teach 4th or 5th grade. At that point, you don't have time to teach multiplication, because you're required to teach division and fractions and decimals. Today I want to share some tips for building a solid foundation as well as a simple plan for how to teach Keep Reading...

## How to Teach Multiplication & Division with LEGO Bricks

Introducing kids to multiplication and division can be difficult. All kids have known is counting and addition, so helping them make the transition from counting one by one to then adding fluently to then multiplying fluently takes time and patience and lots of practice. There are so many ways to do this, but today I want to focus on multiplication and division with LEGO bricks. Most kids LOVE building with these tiny blocks, and so they find it Keep Reading...

## Multiplication Coloring Pages: Easy Practice for Kids {FREE}

Even though everyone needs a break during the summer, fun and informal learning should still continue. Our summer learning tends to revolve around the computer. I find a learning program that will have them practice their math and reading skills in a fun way. This year I have one other goal for my oldest kiddo. He has mastered skip counting, but can only solve multiplication problems by skip counting. When you are solving three-digit Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Missing Factor BINGO Game: Fun Multiplication Challenge

Are your children learning their multiplication facts? We know that it is important for children to be able to skip count and be able to answer simple multiplication answers. Another aspect of teaching multiplication is to focus on fact families, which in turn leads to finding missing factors in expressions. And this free, low-prep missing factor game is a wonderful way to practice finding missing factors. Please Note: This post contains Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Easy Popcorn Factoring Practice Activity

Is learning factors apart of your multiplication unit? Learning factors can seem like a tedious process, but it is an important one. This simple, but fun factoring practice activity will help kids practice finding factors. Want to add to the fun? Snack on some popcorn while you work out the solutions. ;) *Please Note: This post contains affiliate links which help support the work of this site. Read our full disclosure here.* What are Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Properties of Multiplication Cut & Paste Practice

There are so many steps to teaching multiplication. It starts with understanding what multiplication is (area or arrays), moves into learning the math facts, and proceeds into conquering two digit and three digit multiplication. There is a step that I often skipped as a classroom teacher: properties of multiplication. *This is a guest post from Rachel of You've Got This Math. Teaching the Properties of Multiplication: As a teacher, Keep Reading...

## How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? Fall Estimation Fun!

Estimation is a tricky concept, and one that is often not covered at great length in school. And while I love teaching through the use of math story books, there are not a lot of resources that I've found that cover estimation. I do love, however, the book How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin, by Margaret McNamara. In this story, kids explore estimation as well as counting techniques, so I decided this was the perfect excuse for not only some pumpkin seed Keep Reading...

## Simple Multi Digit Multiplication Game {FREE}

Multiplying two digit and three digit numbers! There are a lot of steps. It can be quite confusing! And it requires a ton of practice for many students to master. But no student wants to spend hours practicing multiplying two digit numbers over and over. We don't want that for our kiddos either, so here is a fun multi digit multiplication game that gets children practicing multiplying two and three digit numbers. *Please Note: This post Keep Reading...

## Teaching Integer Multiplication {FREE Graphing Calculator Activity}

Helping kids make sense of integer operations can be such a challenge. As a classroom teacher, I struggled to find ways to help my students remember. I didn't want them to simply memorize rules, formulas or tricks. I wanted to them to really understand. So I looked for ways to do just that. This integer multiplication activity will help your students discover important properties, and observe patterns with the help of their graphing Keep Reading...

## Multiplying Large Numbers with a Table: Building Number Sense

I remember the first time that I was introduced to using tables for multiplying large numbers, division and more. Prior to that, my experience with tables included reading them, interpreting them, and graphing them. Pretty straight forward stuff that most Algebra students experience. Yet here I was, in a class for math teachers, looking at a table that was clearly written by a 2nd grader. I don't mean to say that the handwriting was so bad Keep Reading...

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