Math Background

Multiplication and Division: When Students Ask

  • Why should I learn this?
    This is an excellent opportunity to ask children how they would find the total cost of 10 music CDs when one CD costs $10.00. Display advertisements showing costs for different individual items. Have children create problems about the cost of multiple items. Ask: What would life be like if we had to use repeated addition to find the answers?
  • How can I remember all those multiplication facts? There are too many facts to remember!
    Children need a lot of reinforcement and practice when learning the multiplication facts. Encourage individual flash cards, both at home and in school. Play “multiplication relay races” or offer rewards to encourage children to want to learn the facts quickly. Ease their anxieties through constant repetition.
  • What should I do if I forget a fact?
    Emphasize to children that there are many ways to find a product for a multiplication fact. Review skip counting, drawing an array, and using repeated addition. Children can also invent ways to help them remember the facts.

Houghton Mifflin Math Grade 2