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*Heather Jenkins*

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

Multiplication is an important skill in math. Mastering multiplication usually begins with learning the times tables. In this lesson, you will review different strategies to help learn the times tables for multiplication facts.

A **times table** lists specific multiplication facts that involve a group of numbers being multiplied by the same number, usually 1-10 or 1-12. These groups of numbers are also referred to as **multiplication fact families**. For example, the image below shows the times table for the 7's.

Groups of fact families can be combined into a multiplication table that contains all the facts for a range numbers. The numbers are written across the top row and again down the first column, with the answer to each multiplication fact written where the row and column intersect. The image below shows a multiplication table for facts 1-5.

Sometimes, tables have a specific **pattern**, or a rule that is repeated, generally more than three times in a row. Understanding this pattern can help you figure out the answer to those multiplication facts. Fact families for 0, 1, and 11 all have specific patterns to help you remember their facts.

All multiplication facts for 0 are simply 0, so anytime you see a number multiplied by 0, the answer is 0. If you have 3 kids and each kid has 0 cookies, then you have 0 cookies (and some really unhappy kids) because 3 x 0 = 0.

Similarly, anytime a number is multiplied by 1, you can simply write the number as the answer. For example, 6 x 1 = 6 and 2 x 1 = 2. Additionally, for numbers 1-10 that are multiplied by 11, the answer is simply the number written twice. For example, 5 x 11 = 55 and 3 x 11 = 33.

If you look at the times tables, can you find other patterns that make sense to you?

Certain multiplication facts can be learned by simply skip counting by a particular number. The multiplication facts for 2, 5, and 10 are perfect for this strategy. By looking at a multiplication fact involving one of these numbers, you can simply identify how many times you need to count by it to get the answer. For example, for the multiplication fact 2 x 3, you would skip count by 2's three times: 2, 4, 6. Likewise, for the multiplication fact 5 x 4, you would skip count by 5's four times: 5, 10, 15, 20.

Are there any other numbers that you feel comfortable skip counting by?

Some multiplication facts may be difficult to memorize. In this case, it helps to start with a fact that you know. Then, you can add or subtract from that number, depending on if the fact you want to know is more or less than the fact you already know.

For instance, 6 x 7 may be difficult to remember. What multiplication fact close to 6 x 7 do you remember? If you know that 6 x 5 is 30, then you can figure out 30 + 6 = 36 (which is 6 x 6) and that 36 + 6 = 47 (which is 6 x 7), just like in the image below.

Say that you wanted to know the answer to 6 x 4. You already know 6 x 5 = 30. So, you just need to subtract 6 from 30 to get 24, because 6 x 4 = 24.

Which facts are you having trouble learning? What facts do you know really well that are close to these facts?

**Times tables** are the multiplication facts for a certain group of numbers, called **multiplication fact families**. There are many strategies to help learn the times tables, including looking for patterns, skip counting by a certain number, and starting with a known fact. It is important to use the strategies that work best for you.

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