Times tables(11 Posts)
Can anyone recommend any good ways of teaching 7 year olds times tables?
I've taught DS the 5x by him learning it parrot fashion, but not sure I can manage all of them this way!
Any tips gratefully received!
I do writing them out a few times every now and then and listening to timestables songs on YouTube.
We practice them sometimes when we're walking somewhere. We also made cards with the numbers 1-12 on. Shuffle them, put them upside down. We pick a times table eg. 11. Turn the card over, do that number x 11. We call it times table snap.
Watching songs helps too.
Do you have an ipad? If so the 10 min timetables app is brilliant.
Otherwise cds in the car and stuff is good. Drives you mad though!
We use the Squeebles app, it's fab.
and the spelling and fractions and pretty much all of them tbh
I will give you my standard Numeracy advice, though not all may be relevant, so just concentrate on the parts that are:
Practical things are best for grasping number concepts - bricks, Lego, beads, counters, money, shapes, weights, measuring, cooking.
Do adding, taking away, multiplication (repeated addition), division (sharing), using REAL OBJECTS as just 'numbers' can be too abstract for some children.
Number Bonds of Ten forms the basis of much maths, so try to learn them. Using Lego or something similar, use a LOT of bricks (of just TWO colours, if you have enough) lay them out so the pattern can be seen of one colour INCREASING while the other colour DECREASES. Lay them down, or build up like steps.
ten of one colour none of other
nine of one colour one of other
eight of one colour two of other
seven of one colour three of other
then of course, the sides are equal at 5 and 5; after which the colours 'swap over' as to increasing/decreasing.
To learn TABLES, do them in groups that have a relationship, thus:
x2, x4, x8
x3, x6, x12
5 and 10 are easy
7 and 9 are rather harder.
Starting with TWO times TABLE, I always say: "Imagine the class is lining up in pairs; each child will have a partner, if there is an EVEN number in the class. If one child is left without a partner, then the number is ODD, because an odd one is left out."
Use Lego bricks again, lay them out in a column of 2 wide to learn 2x table. Go half way down the column, and move half the bricks up, so that now the column is 4 bricks wide. That gives the start of 4x table.
Then do similar things with 3x and 6x.
With 5x, try and count in 'fives', and notice the relationship with 'ten' - they will alternate, ending in 5 then 10.
It is important to try and UNDERSTAND the relationships between numbers, and not just learn them 'by rote'.
An inexpensive solar powered calculator (no battery to run out!) can help learn tables by 'repeated addition'. So: enter 2+2 and press = to give 4. KEEP PRESSING = and it should add on 2 each time, giving 2 times table.
There are good web sites, which can be fun to use :
Also I made DD cards with the multiplication on one side and division on the other, eg 8x4 and 32/4 (or 32/8 if she was learning 8s). She'd go through the pack testing herself, and we'd remove cards as she mastered them.
Do you know if he learns/remembers best through sight or sound?
DD learned her best through CD on in the car. Also these are fab (a link to one of UpTownFunk but there are others www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XzfQUXqiYY
Cut out 12 triangular bits of card. Then draw a horizontal line a third of the way down. Then draw a vertical line to cut the bottom part in two. You
now have a triangle with 3 spaces.
In your top triangle/space write the 1st part of the sum (so 1 x 2= 2 write 1, for 2 x 2=4 write 2, etc etc)
In the bottom left space write the 2 - for the 2 times table
In the bottom right space put the answer (2,4,6,8,10 etc)
/_ 3_ \
/ I \
/ 2 I 6 \
/_ 4_ \
/ I \
/ 2 I 8 \
So, there you have your times tables are turned more into pictures iyswim.
DS really really found this helped. We used to whizz through them - I would ask the sum and if he got it correct he got the triangle. As he got better we muddled them up. And then also it meant he understood when it got to division the numbers stayed the same.
And it is just practice, practice, practice.
Sorry - those have not come through very clearly - hope it makes sense.
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