July 16, 2022
For most of my teaching career, I used multiplication tables for my students. I ALWAYS thought they were such a great tool for those who hadn't mastered their facts yet.
But as I watched my students use the multiplication tables, I realized they weren't really gaining any fact fluency...they were just constantly lining up those factors to find the product and move on to the next problem.
I wanted a tool that could support my learners, while strengthening their fact fluency.
So I turned to multiples charts instead...and I haven't looked back!
WHY MULTIPLES CHARTS?
Multiples charts provide the same reference material as a multiplication table, in a more concise format. I truly feel these charts are less overwhelming for all learners. And there are several benefits to working with multiples:
Above all, my students LOVE the charts. The bright colors and easy-to-navigate layout have made them a go-to reference.
Actually, the charts were such a hit for my math groups that I started making more for our school...and ended up making them for every student in grades 3-5!
MAKING THE CHARTS
After making a zillion of these for our school (ha!) I've found a few steps that make it easy to create them in bulk...and to ensure they are long-lasting:
* I'm actually pretty anti-laminating these days because of the plastic waste...BUT it does create a nice dry erase surface and my students use their markers to identify patterns and circle products.
STORING THE CHARTS
The smaller size of the charts makes it easy to store them in a variety of ways. For my math intervention students, I just keep the charts in a clear container so they are ready to grab each day.
I've also seen some great ways to store them in the classrooms around our school:
MOVING AWAY FROM MULTIPLICATION TABLES?
These student charts were designed to match a larger poster set as well:
Do you use multiplication tables or multiples charts? I hope this was of some help if you are looking to make a switch to multiples!