Lesson Plan : Making Multiplication Tables

Teacher Name:
 Ms. Boon
 Grade 3

 Creating a use-able multiplication chart
 Construct a multiplication grid on cardboard paper to use a reference while learning the multiplication table. The grid will have a horizontal and a vertical axis.
 The student will be able to construct a times table and use it as a reference for learning and memorizing the multiplication chart from 1-12.
 Transparency displayed on the overhead projector with how the finished chart will look like. Construction paper, ruler and markers are also needed.Students may also use a calculator if prefer to help them get familiar with one and learn to recognize if they may have enter a digit incorrectly in the calculator.
 How can I find out how much money I will need if I am buying a book for four people and the book cost $3 dollars?
 Explain that the easiest way to solve the question is to multiply 4 by 3, which equals 12. By the learning the multiplication table, we can solve similar problems easily without the use of a calculator. Now demonstrate the effectiveness of the chart that is going to be made by showing how to use it. Find the number four on the vertical axis and the number 3 on the horizontal axis, then follow the line until they meet. Now ask students for another problem and have it answered by a volunteer.
 For students who might not be able to construct a chart or have trouble using it, they can make note cards with single equations on them. To make the work load lighter, students can concentrate on a single number at a time, such as making all the equations for the number 3*1 in order until 3*12.
Checking For Understanding:
 Give a homework set that has students solving multiplication problems using the new chart. Make sure the answers are correct, if not, check the students chart to ensure accuracy and ask them to do that problem while observing their steps.
 Have students keep the chart close by and encourage to look at them in their free time. Explain how knowing these tables will make their future math work easier.
 Give an assessment, either formal or informal, formal being a test or quiz, informal being in class games where students race to see who can answer the problem first.
Teacher Reflections:
 Document student level of knowledge and memorization of the times table. Help individuals who are struggling by encouraging them to spend more time with it and tell them that math is not a spectator sport.

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