Skip Counting Songs to Learn Multiplication and Division
I was slow to get her oldest to master multiplication facts. By the middle of third grade, my daughter was tested weekly on multiplication; times twos, times five and times ten were not so hard but then all of a sudden, we had a week to learn x3, then another week for x4, and on and on. Yikes. A fast way to learn multiplication was in order. Luckily, my mom friend was a third grade teacher. She found that some children learn very effortlessly though song. These are the skip-counting songs that she taught in her classroom. Although, my daughter wasn’t that excited to sing these songs, hearing them sung incessantly helped her to master multiplication, and these songs work even better for division.
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Skip Counting Songs to Learn Multiplication (and Division)
Times 8 — This is best song. Sing to the tune of “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain”
8, 16, 24, 32….40!
48, 56, 64….72!
8 times 10 equals 80, 8 times 11 equals 88, and 8 times 12 is 96…. Hurrah! Hurrah!
Times 7 – Sing to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” (which incidentally is the same tune as the ABC song)
7, 14, 21
28, 35, 42
49, 56, 63, 70
7, 14, 21
28, 35, 42
Times 4 – Sing to tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”
4, 8, 12, 16
28, 32, 36, and 40
Times 6- Sing to tune of “The Star Spangled Banner”
6, 12, 18 24
42, 48, 54….60
Times 3 – Sing to tune of “Oh My Darlin’ Clementine”
3, 6, 9
18 and 21
24, 27, 30 and 33.
Multiplying by 9′s Digit Trick
This link is great because it has great visuals.
Spread your hands in front of you and put down your far left finger for times 1. 9 x 1 = 9
9 x 2 = 18, see how there is 1 next to the folded finger and then 8 to the right of that? 10 + 8 = 18
Count the fingers to the left of the folded finger. In this example, there are two. This is the first digit of your answer. Write it down. Then add the fingers to the right of the folded finger. There are 8 fingers. 1 and 8. 18.
See how there are 2 fingers to the left of folded finger and 7 to the right? 20 + 7 = 27
See how there are 3 fingers folded to left of the finger and 6 to the right? 30 + 6 = 36
Count the fingers to the right of the folded finger. In this example, there are six. This is the second digit of the answer. Write it down to the right of the number you wrote down in the previous step. In this case, the number will now read 36 or thirty-six.
9 x 5 = 45
4 fingers to left of folded finger. 5 fingers to the right of folded finger. 40 + 5 = 45
8 x 8 Math Fact Rhyme
Her teacher taught the class this rhyme that has enabled her 4 year-old brother to master this one math fact (8 x 8):
I ate and I ate until I threw up on the floor,
so 8 times 8 is 64!
Pragmatic Mom also likes flash cards. The easy way is just to sort cards by what your child knows, and focus on the cards that s/he is learning. Another slightly more fun way is to pick all the cards out of a box and if you know the card you take it out, if not, put it back. Keep doing it until the box is empty.
Free and Fun Multiplication Math Games
My 4th grade daughter’s teacher sent home these math games. She plays them daily and she loves them! Games 2 and 3 are her favorite! If the links don’t work, cut and paste into browser or use Math Games links below post.