During my practicum within a grade 8 classroom, my associate teacher spent many lessons at the beginning of the year going over the process of multiplication and times tables with the class. She would say that students are so used to having a calculator to complete math questions that they simply do not know their multiplication tables. She was teaching them a variety of tricks and showing them many videos to try and teach them basic multiplication techniques and rules. In order for the students to practice multiplication she would print off “Multi-Square Multiplication Worksheets”. Each worksheet contains 15 square puzzles and students must fill in each square with correct numbers that when multiplied together give the products on the right side and bottom. Worksheets are available to practices the multiplications of ones up to the multiplication of nines in order to cater to each student’s current level. In this class, students were able to complete the worksheet and then give it to a friend in order to determine if the answers were correct. As students must know and be confident in their multiplication skills in order to succeed in the intermediate levels of mathematics, these worksheets serve as a great resource to ensure students are able to practice these basic skills before continuing on with more complex math concepts.
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