One of my favorite tricks for multiplication is the 9’s trick. Kids love this too, since it is just so darn neat! I am aware that there are several other popular tricks out there for the 9 times table, but I prefer this one for a couple of reasons. First, it is FAST once you get the hang of it. Second, there is no “finger-counting” involved. As a side note, this trick is only effective for the basic facts (9×10 and less). Here are the written instructions to explain exactly how it works.
Step One: Look at the equation. Point to the number that is NOT the 9. For example, in the equation 9×4=___, point to the 4.
Step Two: Subtract 1 from the number that you are pointing to. In this example, you would think “4-1=3.” The difference (in this case, 3) will be the first number of your product. So now our equation looks like this: 9×4=3__.
Step 3: When you add the numbers in the product together, they will make 9. So now we need to think, “What can I add to 3 to make 9?” In this case the answer is 6. Add this 6 as the second digit in your product: 9×4=36.
And there you have it!
As you can see, this works with any basic multiplication fact involving a 9. Notice that in every case, the sum of the numbers in the product add up to 9!
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Interested in other strategies for the 9’s multiplication facts? Check out my detailed blog post with lots of pictures HERE.
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