This course is designed to help students learn their multiplication facts 0 through 12 by means of patterns, rules, and mnemonic devices. Students will not learn the multiplication facts in order, rather we will focus on learning them by level of difficulty and patterns (please see the weekly lesson breakdown below). Class will be very interactive with discussions, modeling, and independent practice. Students should have a solid understanding of addition facts. Students should plan on daily homework of 15 to 20 minutes to allow for structured fact practice to ensure students master one fact group before moving on to the next group the following class. Students are evaluated formatively based on class performance.
Lesson 1: Understanding the Concept of Multiplication
Students will understand the basic concept of multiplication by use of concrete examples.
Lesson 2: Perfect Squares
Students will start their memory work with the perfect squares
Lesson 3: Mastering the 9s
Students will learn this difficult group by means of patterns
Lesson 4: Mastering 0, 1, and 2
Students will understand the difference between adding 0 or 1 to a number and multiplying by 0 or 1 and be introduced to 2s.
Lesson 5: Mastering the 10s and 5s
Students will learn 10s and 5s by observing the patterns in answers.
Lesson 6: Mastering the 11s
Students will learn 11s using various strategies.
Lesson 7: Mastering 12s
Students will learn the 12s multiplication facts by observing the patterns in the answers.
Lesson 8: Mastering 3s and 4s
Students will learn 3s and 4s by means of routine drill, charts, and games
Lesson 9: Mastering 6s, 7s, and 8s
Students will relate what they have already learned these last 3 difficult groups and see that only 3 facts remain to be learned.
Lesson 10: Review, Reinforce, and Celebrate
Students will review facts learned.