How do I teach my students simple multiplication facts?

I am looking for creative ways to teach multiplication facts. I already use worksheets and flashcards, but I would love to find some more creative ways to teach the same thing every day! They are 4th graders in a math intervention program and they are having a hard time remembering these simple facts. Any suggestions would be great!

Rote memorization is really the best way to teach elementary multiplication.

Start by showing them the one multiplication table only. Use Hershey’s Kisses to show them what you mean when you tell them 1*8 (i.e. one pile of eight Kisses.) Let them have a couple after a successful lesson.

When they’ve mastered that, move on to two and so forth. Do not give them mixed multiplication problems until after you’ve finished each table that must be learned.

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  1. paco! Says:

    Rote memorization is really the best way to teach elementary multiplication.

    Start by showing them the one multiplication table only. Use Hershey’s Kisses to show them what you mean when you tell them 1*8 (i.e. one pile of eight Kisses.) Let them have a couple after a successful lesson.

    When they’ve mastered that, move on to two and so forth. Do not give them mixed multiplication problems until after you’ve finished each table that must be learned.
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  2. msi_cord Says:

    You could try to do something with the areas of rectangles since they are length x width to give the students some real world context for this concept.
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  3. marrich Says:

    The best way to learn multiplication is by memorizing and going over the facts again and again. Around the world is a great game, as are time tests. You can also divide the class into 2 sections and have them race to answer their mutiplication facts. The first student to get the problem right gets a point for their team. Start with the simple facts and add on the other facts as they get better.
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