## Teaching Multiplication Facts

Teaching multiplication facts is certainly a challenge. I surveyed more than 20,000 teachers about their biggest challenge teaching math, and the overwhelming response was that students don’t know their multiplication facts. We’ve all experienced it. Some students easily memorize their multiplication facts, and other students memorize most of their multiplication facts but struggle with the […]

## Multiplication Resources Part 2

This post is the second part of my multiplication series. It focuses on teaching multi-digit multiplication with area models, partial product, and incorporating problem solving. If you missed the first post in the series, you can find it here. Week 4  1-Digit By 4-Digit On the fourth week of the multiplication unit, I finally begin

## Graphing Worksheets & Activities

These graphing worksheets and activities are a huge help in my math instruction. I kind of don’t have a unit for teaching data analysis and graphing. Technically, I do have one (here it is), but I don’t teach it lesson by lesson. Instead, I incorporate the graphing worksheets and lessons within my other math units.

## Multiplying With Area Models and Partial Product

Teaching multiplying with area models and partial product is a major component of fourth grade math. Before teaching multi-digit multiplication there are many concepts that are essential for student success. You can read more about those lessons here. A solid understanding of those concepts makes multiplying with area models and partial product much easier for

## Lessons to Teach BEFORE Introducing Multi-Digit Multiplication

Most curriculums and textbooks make a lot of assumptions. That’s especially true in math. For instance, in fourth grade, students jump right in to multiplying a 4-digit number by a one-digit whole number and then multiplying 2-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers. Years of experience has taught me that the majority of students are not ready

## Multiplication as a Comparison

Teaching multiplication as a comparison is the second portion of my multiplication unit. I begin the unit by teaching factors and multiples which you can read about here. You can certainly switch the lessons around and begin with multiplication as a comparison, though. Multiplication Situations In order for students to understand the significance of multiplication

## Teaching Multiplication

We know teaching multiplication is one of the most important parts of third grade math. The understanding of multiplication sets the stage for almost all other math concepts, and it is critical that students develop a deep and authentic understanding of multiplication. One easy mistake to make is to rush right in to teaching multiplication

## Digital Math Manipulatives

There are so many great options for using digital math manipulatives. However, once school started I quickly realized that while I had access to great digital manipulatives, I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to use them. We all know the importance of using math manipulatives in the classroom, but there is a difference (other

## Teaching Word Problems

It’s no secret that addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division word problems present a considerable challenge to students. Students often rush through word problems and immediately try to find an answer, rather than thinking about the meaning of the problem. Students see a word problem and want to immediately grab the numbers and do something with

## Strategies For Multiplication

Strategies for multiplication are so important for students. As a math teacher, multiplication facts have always been a source of concern. We know that a deep understanding of multiplication is essential for students, but there is also need for students to have at least a moderate (ideally more) memorization of multiplication facts, as well as

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