You do NOT have to be good at basic facts to be good at mathematics... 

...BUT if you want to be more accurate, find patterns quickly, have higher test scores from fewer silly mistakes, build a strong math sense, gain confidence, and finish homework faster
some of the activities below might help.

Your parents might have learned facts with this classic tune:


Triangle Flash Cards 

Look at the picture below.  The goal is to memorize the fact family of 7, 9, and 63 instead of 7x9=63, 9x7=63, 63/7=9, and 63/9=7.  At the bottom of this page you can find a copy of triangle math cards to print and cut out.  There is a blank one as well so anyone can make their own personalized cards.  If students focus on fact families, there is a lot less to memorize.  Further down on this page is a picture of an electronic version.  

Here is sample of cards you can buy:


Students can cover one number with their thumb and try to guess the hidden number OR another person can test someone by only revealing two of the numbers.


Traditional Flash Cards are good to use for practice as well.


24 Game (Mr. P's Favorite!)

    See link on the left side or click here

Mad Minutes 

    You can find tons of links where you can print out math fact sheets.  

    Many book stores sell practice workbooks. includes multiplication tables and 5 Minute Frenzy worksheets that are great.  

    Click on a topic at the top of the page.



More Multiplication Sheets Focusing on ONE digit 

Some need to concentrate on memorizing one digit at a time.

    x 2:


    x 4:

    x 5:

    x 6:

    x 7:

    x 8:

    x 9:

    Note: 10, 11, and 12's are good to know but are NOT basic math facts

    x 10:


    x 12:


    Similar to the traditional game of War played with standard playing cards.

    Each player has 1/2 deck of cards.

    Choose operation: addition, subtraction, or multiplication

    Count "1,2,3" out loud and each player flips top card over.

    First player to give correct answer keeps both cards.

    Jacks, Kings, and Queens can be 10, Aces 11, and Jokers 12


Advanced level: red cards are negative, black are positive.




    Role two or more dice and add, subtract, or multiply.

    Roll one die and multiply by itself.

    Here is a virtual example:



Egg Carton Facts 

    Write numbers in the bottom of an empty egg cartons. (0-11 or 1-12)

    Put two manipulatives in the egg carton. 

    Close the lid and have the student shake the carton and multiply the two number together. 

    They can play as teams and keep score.

    Variation: use three objects


Multiplication Fact Families

    These worksheets from Common Core Sheets help students learn Fact Families

Multiplication Table (Mixed Up)

    These Five Minute Frenzy tables from are like the traditional tables 

        but the numbers along the top and side are not in order.  Try to get one done in less than 5 minutes.

    Four Multiplication Charts Per Page   A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T
    One Multiplication Chart Per Page A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T

Multiplication Table (Old School)

This is great for finding patterns, but this might give the incorrect impression to some students that there are 169 multiplication facts.

By eliminating the 0's, 1's, fact families (5x3 is the same as 3x5), easy ones, and other problems that follow a pattern (like the 10's) there are only a handful of difficult facts.  These facts are the ones on the triangle math fact cards we make in September.  Technically, the 10's, 11's, and 12's are not math facts.

Common Core Sheets: Math Drills
    Easy to complete worksheets for Common Core Standards



Free Rice

   Practice your math facts and earn free rice for those that need it.  Click on SUBJECT.  Choose Math.

Math Drills Flash Cards

    Choose an operation and how many questions. Press Start. Type answer and hit return. Repeat.



Mad Math Minutes:

   Create your own Mad Minute challenge.  This site will check to see how well you performed.



Number Lines

   Shoot marbles to match factors

X Factor

   Shoot marbles to match factors

Pumpkin Multiples

   You are a ghost with a basket (Not sure how a ghost can hold a basket). Catch the pumpkins. Divisibility rules help here.


Math Trainer by Mathopolis
    Choose the operation (tabs at the top), activity and how long you want to work for (2, 5, or 10 minutes).

Mathmagician Facts:

   How many facts can you do in 60 seconds?


10 x facts in a Row:

   How long does it take you to get 10 facts correct in a row?  Click on box then type as timer runs...



Flash Cards:

    Check out the flashcards on
    Click on "New Player" and enter name (your initials are good to use). 
    Choose an Operation
    Press "Start Game."  It will keep track of speed and accuracy.
        or use these:

Multiplication Facts:

   Practice, videos, and more



Number Monster:

   Practice 4 basic operations from "easy" to "killer"


Odd One Out:
    Choose the one fact that has a different answer than the other three.


Rectangular Arrays:

   Drag the black boxes to see a visual of any basic multiplication fact (positive or negative)



Tetris-Style Rectangular Arrays:



Batter Up

The Multiplication Game

Speed Math with Dice

Which side of the brain?  Colors VS Math Facts

Primary Krypto

    Takes some logic to figure these target puzzles out.


With help from a parent, you can find great basic math fact apps for cell phones.
Math Drills Lite has gotten good reviews:
If you find one that you want to share with the class, please email Mr. P.




Triangle Math Facts (electronic version) 

"Minute Math Electronic Flash Card" by Learning Resources

School House Rocks (70's style!)

There are many videos posted here that your parents might remember ("I'm Just a Bill" is my favorite).
Find the links under "MULTIPLICATION ROCK

I ate and ate until I got sick on the floor is one way a former student remembered 8 x 8 =64. 

The nines pattern where the sum of the answer to a nines multiplication problem is always 9.  
5 x 9 = 45 and 4+5=9

Finger trick for nines.


Skip Counting


    Multiplication - choose a number and skip count by that number until you get to 11 times that number.

            Example: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33


    Division- same as above but backwards.

            Example:  33, 30, 27, 24, 21, 18, 15, 12, 9, 6, 3, 0

To learn more about Math Facts in Room 110, click and read: Why should I memorize math facts?

Ken Prothero,
Jan 10, 2011, 12:10 PM
Ken Prothero,
Jan 7, 2011, 9:49 AM
Ken Prothero,
Jan 7, 2011, 9:49 AM