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Is drill and practice the only way to learn the multiplication tables? Today’s sites offer some interesting answers. Yes, practice is important, and you’ll find several fun ways to do so online. But perhaps having a bit of understanding is important too. For example, if you’ve already memorized 6×7=42, do you still need to memorize 7×6=42? Of course not. Read on for more helpful multiplication hints and lots of practice drills.
Flashcards for Kids
Flashcards for Kids offers online practice in multiplication as well as addition, subtraction and division. Choose from three levels of complexity and control the size of your operands all the way up to 10,000. Other choices include scoring, a timer, and whether to display the equations vertically or horizontally. Even with all these choices, these flashcards do not use Java or Shockwave, which means they are WebTV-friendly.
Free Worksheets: Multiplication
Kids love them, teachers crave them and parents just gotta have them. What are they? Worksheets! Where will you find them? Right here at Freeworksheets.com. The multiplication section alone has nearly two hundred printable worksheets with corresponding answer sheets.
“This is a lively, interactive Web site for practicing and testing times tables. It’s based on the popular BBC Schools Television series Megamaths, using the same castle setting and a selection of characters from the program to introduce a variety of activities and games. Children familiar with the series will recognize old friends but knowledge of the television series is not necessary.” This Shockwave site is my pick of day because of the variety of its multiplication activities. To practice with a particular number (such as eight), choose it from the jester’s deck of cards.
Multiplication: An Adventure in Number Sense
Join in on the conversation between a student (“There are too many multiplication facts to memorize.”) and a mentor (“If you want to know the multiplication table from 1 to 10, you may want to memorize 13 facts, at most. There are very easy tricks that will let you get the rest of the facts as fast as if you remembered them.”) You’ll learn which thirteen facts you need to memorize, and how to recall the rest of the multiplication table using fast mental arithmetic and number sense.
“To multiply by nine on your fingers, hold up ten fingers â€“ if the problem is 9 x 8 you just put down your eighth finger and there’s your answer: 72. If the problem is 9 x 7 just put down your seventh finger: 63.” “If you are multiplying 5 times an even number, halve the number you are multiplying by and place a zero after the number. Example: 5 x 6, half of 6 is 3, add a zero for an answer of 30.” Toss your calculator. Learn these student-submitted tips for calculating times five, times nine and times eleven in your head.