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Making Sense of the Multiplication Table
Visualizing Numbers, Values and relationships with the Math Grid:
My 4th graders viewed math as all about how things are related and these related things form patterns with each other. That's why the multiplication tables make sense when you think about it. Each number is just getting bigger by itself, by its own size. Like 2 gets bigger by 2 creating 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and so forth - that's a sensible pattern. We don't try to memorize these patterns, but we use them so much that they become pictures in our imaginations. The easiest ones are the Special Squares, the diagonal numbers on the big grid!
Use a grid like this one to create your own classroom games, puzzles, and challenges.
For fun, remake this chart and scramble the vertical numbers on the left side of the grid.