The 6’s, 7’s, and 8’s are typically some of the most difficult multiplication facts to learn. However, there is good news! If you are teaching your students using a strategic order of facts, they will only have a few facts left to learn for the 6’s, 7’s, and 8’s. These facts are:

6×6

6×7

6×8

6×12

7×7

7×8

7×12

8×8

8×12

For these few facts that still need to be taught, I don’t use a particular strategy, but rather I teach students how to use a known fact.

For example, for the equation 6×6, we could use a fact that we know like 5×6, and then just add one more group of 6.

For 7×7, we could use a fact that we know, such as 5×7. We know this is 35. Now we could add 2 more groups of 7 to make 49.

For 8×8, we could use a fact that we know, such as 9×8. We know that this is 72. Now we could SUBTRACT one group of 8 to make 64.

When I work with these facts with my students, I am ALWAYS asking this question: “What do you know,” because my goal is for students to begin asking themselves, “What do I know?” when they see a tricky equation.

Using known facts is a really important skill to learn. Although it may take a bit longer, it’s so important for students to learn that they can work with and manipulate numbers in order to solve an equation.

Ultimately, I prefer that my students memorize those really tough facts like 6×6, 6×7, 7×7, and 7×8. I work with these facts over and over and over again with a goal of students committing them to memory. However, those strategies are really important to fall back on.

**I’d love to help you with effective strategies for every single set of basic multiplication facts.**

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