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# Multiplication Target Worksheets and Printables

Multiplication Fact Target Worksheets

Sample Target Worksheet

D. Russell
The best way to learn the multiplication facts is by one fact family at a time. Always begin with the 2's, the 5's and the 10's, when these are mastered, move to the squares (sometimes referred to as the doubles) which are 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, 5x5, 6x6. Then move to the remaining fact familes, 4,6,7, 8 and 9. Never start with random facts. Do not provide random fact sheets until there is a strong comfort level with the fact families. Practicing random facts rarely leads to permanent learning. Stick with the above strategy and students are more apt to learn the multiplication facts.

The target worksheets aren't available for learning the doubles/squares. You may wish to use these for the squares.

For children to commit the multiplication facts to memory, a great deal of effort, time and patience is required on the behalf of parents and educators. Why? Teachers no longer have adequate time to spend working on drill type activities in mathematics. The curriculum is much too daunting to allow for the typical 'drill and kill' activities. Teachers focus more on problem solving in math and on developing thinking, reasoning, logic and application skills which really are the skills for this millennium. Hence, the onus to commit the multiplication facts to memory falls on the child and on the family. However, a little big each day goes a long way. Even five minutes 4 days per week using the strategies at the top will work. 5 minutes after dinner or 5 minutes before bed time focusing on one fact fammily at a time. Or, each time you have your child in the car, practice the facts. Put a checklist on your fridge, make it a responsibility that happens daily. Use a gamey approach with a deck of cards or use spinner, each time the number is spun, multiply by the fact fammily you are working on. For instance, spin a 7, multiply it by 5, spin an 8, multiply it by 5 and so on and so forth. Beware of the multiplication flash cards as they are random and should only be used when a child has a relative good handle with most of the fact families. The key ingredient is one fact family at a time and 5 minutes practices at least 4 times per week.

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Deb Russell

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