Multiplication Homework Help for Kids

Learning multiplication takes repetition, focus and time. Here are a few tricks to help you improve your multiplying skills and, as a result, do better on homework.

How to Multiply Correctly

Use Division

Because multiplication and division are related operations, you can use division to solve a multiplication problem. If your problem is 5 x 4, you can ask yourself what number divided by five equals four. Since 20 ÷ 5 = 4, you know that 5 x 4 = 20. Here are some problems to practice with. The first has been completed for you.

1. 3 x 2

You can think of the problem like this: ? ÷ 2 = 3. Because 6 ÷ 2 = 3, the answer is six.

2. 8 x 9

3. 12 x 4

4. 7 x 3

5. 9 x 5

1. 6
2. 72
3. 48
4. 21
5. 45

Each time you solve a multiplication problem for your homework, you can use the division trick to check your answer. If your answer doesn't correctly solve the division problem, then you've made a mistake. Use trial and error to find a new answer.

You may have seen multiplication charts before, but have you ever tried to make one yourself? Writing them out can be a great way to memorize the times tables. To begin, get a piece of graph paper or measure out a grid on a piece of paper so that you have a box with 11 squares across the top and 11 squares down the left side.

Leave the box in the upper left-hand corner blank, but write a number in each of the next boxes across the top and down the left side, starting from one and ending at ten. You should have a grid with numbers 1-10 across the top, and 1-10 down the side. Now you're ready to fill in the answers. Multiply each top number with each side number, and write the answers in the box where the two numbers meet.

For example, find the number five on the top, and the number seven on the side. Follow one finger straight down from the number five and another one straight across from the number seven. Find the point where the two intersect, and write the solution to the problem 7 x 5 (the answer is 35).

One of your parents or an older sibling might be able to check your grid to make sure all the squares are even and that the answers are correct. You can also print out a blank multiplication chart from the Internet. Additionally, you can ask someone to quiz you on your chart to test your knowledge.

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