Third grade math–especially multiplication has been, quite the interesting time around these parts. I remember when I was in the third grade, my mom took away my Sega Genesis, my TV time, my books and most importantly my outdoor play until I knew my multiplication tables backwards and forwards.
Things have changed A LOT in 20+ years and it has been a bit of a learning curve for me as a mother to keep up. Back in my day we memorized it until it was a permanent part of the brain, now the schools have new methods for basic multiplication that require a whole lot of thinking and a lot more “figuring out” that I am accustomed to.
Being home with the kids full time has made me ask myself more than once “Are you smarter than a 3rd grader?” However, with multiplication, I feel strongly that knowing their times tables back to front in a critical life skill. Figuring it out is fine, but being able to do basic multiplication fast is something I don’t mind teaching my kids on my own.
So I created some multiplication sheets. I wanted something that they could physically touch, write on, erase, and carry with them wherever we go. I also wanted them to get used to forward and backward multiplication problems. These sheets start at zero and go all the way up to twelve. I put the page with the blank problems on one side and the answers on the other side for easy study reference. I put the pages opposite of each other, (Or you can print them double sided), laminate, and just like that you can use a dry or wet erase marker to write answers on over and over until it’s memorized.
How To Create Reusable Multiplication Worksheets
What you will need:
- Copy Paper (Or card stock)
- Dry or Wet Erase marker
- Print out both the answer keys and the blank multiplication tables. Put the answer table on the opposite side of the blank table. (For example, 0 answer on the back of 0 Blank)
- Put both papers into the empty laminating envelope
- Laminate and you are ready to go!
Download The Full File of 0-12 Multiplication Worksheets here.
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How are you teaching your kids multiplication tables? The traditional or non traditional way?