We all know that teaching multiplication causes you to pull out any and all tricks/strategies you can possibly think of!  Repeated addition is the one of the first ones I start with!

Here’s an anchor chart I completed with my class Monday:

We discussed how you can count each time you added a number and it will tell you the answer to the multiplication problem.  For example, if you’re counting by 8’s…and the problem is 8×4, you count down four eights, and the answer is 32!  This visual really helped a lot of my kids.  You could hear several “OH!!!”s around the room!

We also discussed the patterns that occur both vertically and horizontally.

The kids were coming up with extremely thoughtful and intelligent ideas!

And now that my kids and have put in the “sweat equity” with the repeated addition, I’m going to give them these bookmarks (within the next week or two).

I’m going to print them on cardstock, cut them out, and laminate them.
It’s a quick reference that the kids really enjoy AND it doubles as a bookmark.  🙂

(They go through 11’s and 12’s, even though the Common Core doesn’t ask that the kids learn them.  I created these last year and feel that the 11’s and 12’s can still be learned.  It’s like an added bonus!)

I wish your student tons of success in learning their multiplication facts!!!

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• November 14, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Great idea with the repeated addition anchor chart! My students often struggle with seeing the relationship as well, so your ideas will be perfect.

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