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Pauline Smith

Boost multiplication practice with Clicker

20th March 2024

Let’s explore how Clicker resources can make learning times tables fun and interactive. We have a range of resources on LearningGrids to support learners in understanding and remembering multiplication facts.

Visual Aids

Seeing a mathematical concept in pictures helps to break down a complex idea and improve memory retention. The Repeated Addition Using Arrays – Read a Book and related resources offer a visual way of grouping and counting items in sets – it is also a great way to relate addition to multiplication for children who are in the early stages of learning the multiplication facts.

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The Repeated Addition Using Arrays Two Clicker Board includes graphics that can be used to visually represent a calculation. All Clicker resources can be edited - you can add a cell showing the related multiplication calculation and children can represent the targeted times table using the pictures.

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Regular Practice

For homework or as a reinforcement activity in the classroom, use the Times Table Practice One/Two/Three/Four Connect Sets. Each grid offers the multiplication calculations and answers. This means children are only manipulating the numbers in the targeted times table – promoting success, building confidence and aiding overlearning. Why not add challenge and excitement by encouraging children to beat-the-clock with each grid!

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Group Collaboration and Peer Support

Foster peer learning through group challenges with resources such as the Common Multiples and Factors Clicker Boards. They offer a great way to structure an investigation into the products and factors of given numbers. Each team could have one or more boards to complete. (Don’t forget, all LearningGrids resources can be printed so that everyone can get involved.)

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Deepening Understanding

It's vital for children to recognise how multiplication relates to other mathematical skills. Encourage them to explore these connections by applying their knowledge to concepts such as division. The Multiplication Fact Families Connect Set guides children to explore the links between the two operations.

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Clicker resources can make mastering times tables enjoyable for learners of all abilities. To see many more activities related to times tables, browse through the Multiplication & Division section on LearningGrids.

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