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"6" Math Facts - Teaching "hope"

"6" Math Facts - Teaching "hope"


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Grade Level Grades 3-5
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards

About This Lesson


For struggling Math students:

Students write down their “6” facts for the even numbers without the answer.

 For the first 4 even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8) slide that same number they multiplied by to the ones column.

     EX:  6 X 2 – slide the number “2” over to the ones column.

 For the “tens value”, divide your ones number in ½ and place it in the tens column (you will have to remind them that it goes IN FRONT of the number written in the answer column). Most students can multiply times 10 and 11  and even 12 once you show them on paper.They will eventually start doing all of the work in their head. Stress that they still need to practice their facts orally every day until they flow easily for them.

6 X 2 =       12

6 X 4 =       24

6 X 6 =       36

6 X 8 =       48

6 X 10 =     60

6 X 11 =     66       

6 X 12 =     72

When they are doing a division problem, they write down the 6’s for the even numbers off to the side and most can quickly add in the odd numbers until they practice enough to memorize them.

    The “6” time tables came from an internet search, except dividing the numbers in half for the “tens place value”. I discovered that part of the table by looking for some type of pattern to help my intervention students.

NOTE: As difficult as this sounds, my lowest  struggling Math students could do this in their head after a couple of tries. It was the light in their eyes that made this the most amazing gift for that child (from four numbers). From that point on, they believed they could learn Math and were excited about trying to learn their facts because they believed in themselves.


Write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them.


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