How to introduce two digit multiplication

Best Multiplication Workbook EVER!An occasional series with sample pages from the Best Multiplication Workbook EVER!

This tip comes straight from my Best Multiplication Workbook EVER!  The section on teaching 2 digit multiplication is very helpful for teachers looking to scaffold learning.  I break long multiplication into 3 sections—multiplying multidigit numbers by 1, 2 or 3 digits.  Within each section, a dozen or more lessons teach the process step by step.

Please use these two FREE sample pages with your class to introduce 2 digit multiplication.  This introductory lesson lets your students learn the Hugs and Kisses method to keep their numbers lined up when they have to put in that place holding O.  (The place holding O is the hug.  You put an X, or kiss, over a number to kiss it goodbye when you are through with it.)

The workbook lets students practice Hugs and Kisses by beginning with multiplying times 11.  This isolates the Hugs and Kisses skill, allowing students to focus on the procedure, not the math.

I wish I’d learned multiplication this way when I was a kid!  I hope this and other lessons from the Best Multiplication Workbook EVER! help your students.

Posted in Academics,FREE Worksheets,Math by Corey Green @ Dec 21, 2015


Best Multiplication Workbook EVER! wins Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award

Big news! Best Multiplication Workbook EVER! has won a prestigious award: Learning® Magazine 2013 Teachers’ ChoiceSM Award for the Classroom. Teachers’ Choice is the only award program in the educational market judged exclusively by teachers, and it carries the most weight. Companies like Lakeshore Learning, Disney Education, and TREND vie for it each year. Products are evaluated based on criteria most important to teachers and students: quality, instructional value, usability, innovation and relevance to curriculum.

Here are some comments from the panel:

How did judges use the book?

In the classroom, I used the pages presented in the book as a way to show my students the patterns that are presented in multiplication. I also was able to differentiate my instruction because each fact sheet has a similar look to the others. Therefore the students were able to grow at their own pace because they received sheets specific to their own needs without being embarrassed about their progress.

I used this as my lesson plans, because the book showed the best way to teach the multiplication skills and it gave tips on each of the facts.

The students not only were able to fluently memorize their facts but they were also able to apply them in the word problems presented in each section. The product helped to build self confidence and the students were encouraged to make progress by the fun animal characters.

I love this book! It provides great scaffolding to allow students to master their multiplication facts and then carries through and allows them to apply those concepts in word problems. The best part is that it splits the facts up into four levels of increasing difficulty. It give tips to the kids to help them when answering facts and has several pages to practice each fact. Finally, at the end of a level it provides a comprehensive review and then a test to allow kids to test their fluency.

This product is a great tool to use in the third grade classroom just as it is. No modifications need to be made.

Best Multiplication Workbook EVER!Would judges recommend the book to a colleague?

I have already shared the book with my colleagues and would recommend it to others that are teaching multiplication to their students.

I would recommend this to a colleague because it is teacher friendly and approaches multiplication in a systematic way. It is easy to use to help students. It scaffolds instruction.

I would absolutely recommend this product to other teachers in third grade and beyond. It is perfect for any student who needs to work on fact fluency. The word problems are all real-world problems and the long multiplication would be a challenge for more advance students who could work out of the same book.

I would recommend this product to my coworkers. It’s engaging for students, presents information in several ways which helped to reach my struggling students, and the order the facts are presented helped my students succeed.

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Posted in Academics,Math by Corey Green @ Jan 21, 2013


Best Multiplication Products Win Tillywig Awards

I’m thrilled to announce that my math products, Best Multiplication Workbook EVER!  and Best Multiplication Songs EVER! are Spring 2012 Tillywig Brain Child Award Winners (Books and Audio Categories).

“Everything you need to help kids master multiplication can be found within these [workbook] pages! Loaded with examples, hints, tips, and playfully designed worksheets, this workbook is strongly geared to how kids think and learn… If you’re looking for a systematic, comprehensive, highly-organized curriculum that makes learning (and teaching) multiplication fun and easy, you’ve just found it! “

“Kids often struggle with their multiplication tables, but it doesn’t have to be that way… This [CD] is also a wonderful tool to use along with the Best Multiplication Workbook EVER! … An engaging, fun, spirited approach to learning something every one of us needs to know!”

Best Multiplication Workbook EVER!Click here to learn more about the workbook, the CD and the FREE software you can download for addition and times tables practice.

About Tillywig: Tillywig’s mission is to provide retail buyers, news media, parents, and consumers with product information and reviews of superior children’s products available in today’s marketplace.

Evaluation criteria and process: a Tillywig award winner is one determined by the Tillywig testing team to have high entertainment and/or educational value. During the evaluation process, products are used by a number of testers in an observed focus group format. In the final evaluation of any product, comments from observers are integrated with feedback from testers. Testers and observers come from all walks of life and a broad range of ages. When assessing these values, Tillywig focuses on evaluating many factors, including:

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Thank you, Tillywig!

Posted in Academics,Math by Corey Green @ Jun 29, 2012


FREE Standardized Test Prep Worksheet and $10 off coupon for Best Multiplication Workbook EVER!

Best Multiplication Workbook EVER!An occasional series with sample pages from the Best Multiplication Workbook EVER!

My publisher is running a limited-time-coupon for $10 off Best Multiplication Workbook EVER! to help your class prepare for standardized testing.  Use Coupon Code NGUTA5C6 and click here to order.  The offer expires April 15, 2012.

More than just a workbook, Best Multiplication Workbook EVER! is a comprehensive curriculum that makes learning multiplication easy, enjoyable and relevant to real-life situations. Written by a master teacher, it addresses how kids really learn.

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Tip # 2: Determine what must be in the ones place

This is a really simple trick that lets you quickly eliminate wrong answers. Check just the ones digit of the problem. Multiply quickly in your head, and you will know what the ones digit must be in the correct answer. This trick works when you multiply by 2 or 3 digit numbers (and even bigger numbers) because the when you do your hugs and kisses, you never put any new numbers in the ones place.

Example A: 48 x 3: since 3 x 8 is 24, you know 4 must be in the ones place. Eliminate all answers with a different digit in the ones place.

Example B: 246 x 316: 6 x 6 is 36, so you know 6 will be in the ones place. Eliminate all answers with a different digit in the ones place.

Click here for FREE worksheets about this skill, straight from the Best Multiplication Workbook EVER!

Posted in Academics,FREE Worksheets,Math by Corey Green @ Mar 15, 2012