**Most teachers report that students struggle with multiplication fluency. In fact, the problem is pervasive enough that even my son's eighth-grade math teacher said the same thing at his Back To School Night presentation to the parents. Almost all students eventually understand the concept of multiplication and can use various strategies (arrays, skip counting, repeated addition, etc.) to find a product. But ultimately, multiplication fluency is needed to move on to higher level math problems and Algebra.**

I grew up in the 60s and 70s when we weren't explicitly expected to have memorized our multiplication tables. I still remember using the multiplication table in my Pee-Chee folder when I was not sure! But one thing I do remember is Schoolhouse Rock and the multiplication songs... .who cannot forget the haunting melody of figure eight!

So here are 5 multiplication videos to help your students start practicing. They can rock out to popular tunes, learn some tricks and tips and just have fun.

## #1 Mr. De Maio

If you haven't heard about Mr. De Maio, then you're missing out on some very engaging videos! He has produced videos for all different subject areas, especially for elementary students. He's created a set of videos for each of the multiplication videos from two to nine. The videos use today's modern music to have your students singing along and learning those facts! Here's an example of one of his multiplication videos.

Be sure to subscribe to his channel!

## #2 Schoolhouse Rock

If you were a kid growing up in the 70s watching Saturday morning cartoons, you got to watch these classic videos. These cartoon vignettes taught us some important history (The Shot Heard 'Round the World), some grammar (Conjunction Junction), and multiplication! I've always used these videos with third graders anytime we have some extra time or as part of a lesson. The tunes are catchy using all different types of music (classical, country, Do-Wop, Boogie-Woogie, etc.). Here's an example of one of the classics.

## #3 Numberock

Think of Numberock as an updated Schoolhouse Rock with rap style videos. Numberock videos can be found on YouTube as well as a dedicated site (www.numberock.com). Numberock also has a store on Teachers Pay Teachers for math lessons for almost all grade levels. The animation is top notch and the songs original and catchy. Here's an example of one of the multiplication videos (there are videos for all the multiplication tables).

## #4 Multiplication Trick for 9

My own son uses this trick ALL THE TIME when multiplying by 9 so I can vouch for its effectiveness. Each year I teach it to the third graders. I just put my hands under the document camera and demonstrate how to use this trick. But a video is great to have because you can assign it for homework in Google Classroom! This version is produced by PBS and Full-Time Kid.

## #5 Multiplication Made Easy

This is a short video demonstrating some great tips for multiplication. Using a multiplication chart, the video breaks down multiplication to about 15 facts you must memorize. The rest can be learned from skip counting or using the Commutative Property of Multiplication. It's a great video to show parents as well.

*Come back often as I will continue to explore this topic of multiplication fluency. I've been doing research and have found strategies and approaches to get those students to multiplication fluency.*