# The Teacher’s Corner

Multiplication? Bring It On!

## Teachers, Times to Remember is here to help make your life easier!

#### Operations and Algebraic Thinking

A. Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division.

1. Interpret products of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 5 × 7 as the total number of objects in 5 groups of 7 objects each. For example, describe a context in which a total number of objects can be expressed as 5 × 7.
2. Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
3. Determine the unknown whole number in a multiplication or division equation relating three whole numbers. For example, determine the unknown number that makes the equation true in each of the equations 8 × ? = 48, 5 = ? ÷ 3, 6 × 6 = ?.

B. Understand properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division.

1. Apply properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide. Example: If 6 × 4 = 24 is known, then 4 × 6 = 24 is also known. (Commutative property of multiplication)

C. Multiply and divide within 100.

1. Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 × 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8 ) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers

D. Solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic.

## What aspects of Times to Remember do teachers find most appealing?

• Easy to Use: Times to Remember is easy to follow with only 3 basic steps. There is virtually no student preparation time (no factor rhyming words, and no stories to remember).
• Effective: All teachers who have used the Times to Remember products have noted marked increases in weekly timed quizzes.
• A Great Value: Times to Rememberproducts are priced economically. You are getting an exceptional product. Our distributors will accept returns for any reason, and give a full refund. Joyful Learning, Publications, LLC is committed to customer satisfaction and will help resolve any issues.

Times to Remember Vertical Flashcards

• Multi-sensory: Supports all learners through a multi-sensory approach: visual, auditory and kinesthetic.
• Offers Differentiated Instruction: Includes scaffolds for students who need extra help. For example, corner-hint flash cards include a visual clue which can be folded over and hidden or displayed depending on the needs of the individual learner. Picture-hint tests and flashcards are available as well.
• Flexible: Allows for classroom flexibility and teacher creativity. For creative classroom ideas click here.
• Provides Repetition and Review: As a new times table is introduced the ones previously taught are reviewed. This is built into the creative organization of both the hard-cover, and the resource book.
• Joyful: The illustrated rhymes and related activities bring smiles and fun into the classroom, making a notoriously mundane task delightful for students, teacher, and parents.
• Green & Clean: Black-line illustrations and activities can be photocopied. A teacher can photo copy only what is needed instead of having excess to store. As well, an e-book and related electronic formats are currently being developed.

## Teacher FAQ’s

#### Q: How is Times to Remember unique from other products?

A: There are 5 primary features unique from other products:

• Other products tend to have numerous pages dedicated to preparation and instructions. The only preparation to begin learning with Times to Remember is that students need to know that all illustrated rhymes begin with the smaller factor. That’s it! It is extremely simple to use with its 1-2-3 step instructions designed for the illustrated rhymes.
• Other products often require students to memorize a great deal of new material in order to recall the answers. For students already struggling with memorization this can compound the problem. Since Times to Remember has a strong visual component, the simple rhyme with its highlighted key words is quickly recalled. For each equation the student has only to recall between one and three ‘key words’ in order to recall the answer.
• Joyful Learning Publications, LLC has found nothing that resembles Times to Remember. We have found no products on the market that use both factor shape and rhymes connected to the product as a primary memorization strategy. This provides for a strong visual component, which is often needed for children who have trouble memorizing in other ways. Click here to read more about memorization.
• Also unique is that Times to Remember uses the smaller factor illustrations as supportive ‘hints’ on review pages, flash cards, and specialized tests and quizzes. This reinforces the strong visual component of the program.
• Times to Remember reinforces repetition and review. (Many products don’t. ) As a new times table is introduced the ones previously taught are reviewed. Review is built into the creative organization of both the hardcover and the resource book.

#### Q: What do I need to get started?

A: Classroom teachers need only purchase Times to Remember, The Fun and Easy Way to Memorize the Multiplication Tables: Home and Classroom Resources, however the Sing-Along Songs (sold separately) will enhance learning. Having two or more of the Times to Remember, The Fun and Easy Way to Memorize the Multiplication Tables hardcover books available in your classroom bookcase or school library will greatly benefit students as well. Showcase them in a read-aloud to the class, or lend them out to students needing extra help.

#### Q: When should I introduce Times to Remember to my students?

A:Although Times to Remember includes the 0,1,2, and 5 tables complete with activities and reviews, we recommend that teachers introduce Times to Remember after students are familiar with the 0,1,2, and 5 Tables, and after they understand and have practice multiplication concepts.

Why? Because Times to Remember is a supplement to a complete multiplication unit. It is designed primarily to help students memorize the ‘trickier’ fact: those in the 3,4,6,8, & 9 tables.

#### Q: How do I use it?

A: By following basic 3-step approach for classrooms.

STEP 1: Look carefully at an illustrated rhyme. Describe or think about what you see. Find the hidden numbers.
Students are given a black-line illustrated rhyme to observe and discuss. Students could turn and talk to a partner discussing the illustration for a moment, or the teacher could instruct a brief whole-class discussion. Student could count the hidden numbers they find and compare their findings with others.

STEP 2: Say, then sing or rap the rhyme several times.
See Creative classroom ideas below for recommended activities for auditory and kinesthetic learning. The Times To Remember Music CD reinforces auditory and kinesthetic learning as well.

STEP 3: Do (Trace, Color and Review)
Complete the corresponding trace-and-color activity page found in the Times to Remember Home and Classroom Activity Book. Be sure to color and trace the equation and the rhyme. Trace or circle the hidden numbers in a special color to show you found them.

CREATIVE CLASSROOM IDEAS

The Times to Remember method allow for flexibility as well as teacher and student creativity.

Some examples include:

• Students create their own illustrated rhymes or memorization strategies for section-1 equations they find challenging (these include the 0,1,2,and 5 tables, which do not use illustrated rhymes).
• Classrooms create renditions of the rhymes in the form of songs, chant, raps and motions. These could be recorded and shared with others (with parental permission, of course).
• Teachers create classroom workstations. These could include:
1. Creating hand and/or body motions to accompany the rhymes.
2. Completing Trace-and-Color activity page(s).
3. Completing Corner-Hint flashcards.
4. Practicing by quizzing one another with flashcards. Students could be paired or in small groups.
• Teacher/parent laminates completed Trace-and-Color activity
pages for students/child to bring home and use as placemats or posters.
• Teacher/parent creates and uses body motions to provide hints when
quizzing students/child orally, or as a general aid.