Being able to recall multiplication facts (times tables) is an important part of mathematics. Here I share with you an alternative way to practice the times tables rather than solely focusing on drill and practice type activities.
Times tables booklets are a great tool for students to use to test themselves and review various table facts. They can be made for each of the times tables, or any that your students are having difficulty with.
Have enough strips of paper for each student. The strips should measure 60cm long and 5cm wide. Fold over a rectangle about 4cm wide at the left side of the strip.
Continue to fold the strip of paper over on itself for the length of the strip. Cut off any left over paper.
Choose the multiplier for the booklet, e.g. 6. Write: Tables Booklet x 6 on the front of the booklet.
Turn back the front page of the booklet. On the left side write 1 x 6 and on the right side make a pattern of the answer (6 dots). Then write the number 6 in the top right hand corner.
Open the strip of paper one more page. Then write 2 x 6 on the left side, make another pattern of 6 dots and then write the number 12 in the top right hand corner.
Continue to open up the strip of paper and each time add one more multiple of 6, until the booklet is completed. You can then get your students to pair up and test each other on the various table facts.
I hope you and your students have fun making times tables booklets.
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