Members of the WeAreTeachers HELPLINE Facebook group shared a wide variety of methods for teaching multiplication. One member brings in bottle caps with a multiplication sentence on one side and a product on the other side. Students try to find the product, and then keep the cap if they got it right. You can also incorporate a multiplication twist into games like rock-paper-scissors, the card game War, Bingo, Squares, and other games, or come up with activities that incorporate dominoes, dice, egg cartons and more.

Key Takeaways:

  • There’s no single best way to teach multiplication to children, as every student is different.
  • Readily available items such as bottle caps and egg cartons can be re-purposed to use as multiplication exercises and games.
  • Friendly competition between students – such as the back-to-back challenge and a math variation on paper-scissors-rock – can be a fun and effective way to learn.

“The two students have to try to solve the other’s factor, knowing their factor and the product. The person who wins stays and the next class member takes the other space. Whoever wins three rounds in a row gets to be the new caller. This is typically a whole-class game. —Carrie J.”

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