Mrs. Flynn's, Mr. Olmsted's and Mr. Snyder's 2012-2013 Fifth Grade Class
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Take the First Step
The first thing you must master is the multiplication table through 12 times 12.
If you think about it... there aren't that many.
Because 6x4 is the same as 4x6, almost half of the facts are duplicates.
You already know that anything times 1 is itself.
And you probably know your 2s, 5s, 10s, most 11s, and some 3s.
Here's what is left!
There is a great deal of math you can do at home in little moments here and there. Checking to see whether or not one number is divisible by another, say 130 by 6, is a great activity that can be done in your head. We do this in class. What I tell the kids to do is pick a number that is as close as possible to 130 that you know for sure that 6 goes into. In this case 120 comes to mind. Then you can look at the difference between those numbers. 130 is 10 away from 120. If 6 goes into 10 then 6 goes into 130. Practice makes perfect - give it a try.
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