For the month of May, we are having a major school wide push on times tables.
Times tables are vital parts of mathematical knowledge. We use our times tables every day in all facets of life. When a child confidently knows their tables, other mathematical learning becomes easier and more rewarding.
Starting in week 2 of Term 2, for the 4 weeks of May students and classes will set targets for the improvement of their times table knowledge.
To find a baseline, every student will be tested on 100 times tables (multiplication and division facts.) The test will be timed, with a cut off of 3 minutes. This is to reinforce that times tables knowledge should be instant and not have to be “worked out.”
Obviously many students do know their tables well. We want every student to have something to work for, therefore some students may want to use time to measure their improvement.
There is no one best way to commit times tables to memory, so we have listed a variety of resources and methods below, from the “tried and true”, through to websites. Five to ten minutes daily at school and at home will hopefully see our whole school scores and times improve.
SOME IDEAS TO HELP YOUR CHILD IMPROVE THEIR TIMES TABLES.
1. There are literally 100s of web sites you can find if you search for “multiplication times tables,” “Multiplication Flashcards”or “times tables games.” Here are some of the best to get your started:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/topic/times-tables The BBC’s website has educational material including a great section on times tables.
http://www.mathsisfun.com/timestable.html - Some great tips on how to learn your times tables in the number and then multiplication section.
www.multiplication.com – Lots of good times tables ideas and games.
http://www.helpingwithmath.com/resources/online_flashcards/flashcard_multiplication03.htm - Simple online flash cards.
2. Don’t forget http://www.mathletics.co.nz/ which your child should be familiar with and have a log on and password for.
3. Of course there are 100’s of great apps, just search times tables in your app store.
4. Flash Cards - The question and answer are shown on the flip-side to help you keep up with whatever speed your child works through the cards. Working through these cards will help your child memorize and recall the basic multiplication facts. Play memory with flash cards which are one sided.
5. Deck of Cards - Using a deck of cards, the top card is the number you multiply by. Then, time the student as you flip cards in the deck until every card is complete. Face cards do not count unless you want to have the students learn times eleven, twelve and thirteen.
- This game is played by two students with a deck of cards (jokers and face cards removed.) Students shuffle the deck and deal them all out face down. Each player flips over a card from their pile. The first player to call out the correct answer gets to collect two flipped cards. If a player calls out the wrong answer the other player gets the cards. Players continue until all the cards have been flipped over. The winner is the player with the most cards at the end.