Teaching Times Tables

Teaching Times Tables? Here’s a simple but really effective ‘arrays’ task that helps children understand times tables facts and connect them to multiples, factors and fractions. This investigation offers rich opportunities to develop essential mathematical language connected to learning multiplication facts. 1. Using equal sized cubes or tiles (preferably of the) same colour) take a handful. This should be more than you can accurately estimate; probably between 15 – 25). DON”T COUNT THEM! You need this to be number ‘x’ (for the time being anyway).  2. Investigate how many rectangular arrays you can construct using ALL of your cubes or tiles. You must use them all as this will help reveal certain properties of ‘x’. For example, if you can create equal columns of 4 then you know ‘x’ is a multiple of 4 and has 4 as one of it’s factors. If you can create columns of 4, you must also be bale to see that ‘x’ can be...Read More >