Multiplication Tricks & Help with Math Homework

Multiplication Tricks & Help with Math Homework

Multiplication tricks can significantly help your child when multiplying two-digit numbers by three-digit numbers.  This is the second article in a series of five.  Each article is a complete lesson on multiplication.  If you have not read the first article, you can click here to read why my strategies are so very successful.  This article will show you and your child how to utilize these tricks, and offer your child some help with math homework.

This post is part of a series designed to offer homework help in math, so that ANYONE can successfully multiply large numbers.

Articles within this series on Fractions:

  1. Area Multiplication: Book 1 – (86 x 97)
  2. Area Multiplication: Book 2 – (94 x 368)
  3. Area Multiplication: Book 3 – (37  x 6,375)
  4. Area Multiplication: Book 4 – (694  x 6,368)
  5. Area Multiplication: Book 5 – multiply decimals (0.93  x 4.83)


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Does your child struggle with multiplying large numbers, because he or she does not know all their multiplication facts?

The problem below is called a “Watch Me” challenge.  This Watch Me challenge introduces the strategies of skip counting and Area Multiplication.  More importantly, the video demonstrates how to use these two strategies while solving a multiplication problems.  I encourage you to watch this first video with your children and to discuss the strategies.  Then have your child write this first problem in their math notebook.

Help with Math Homework: Challenge 1
Watch Me
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Olivia Ostrich gets riled easily.  As a matter of fact, Olivia screeches, flaps her wings, and stomps her feet every time she does not get her way.  Some people say that she acts like a 3 year old having a temper tantrum.  Last year, Olivia had 63 temper tantrums each and every day.  How many temper tantrums did Olivia have in the past 365 days?

Watch this Free Tutoring for Math Video!
Press PLAY and Watch this Free Tutoring for Math Video below.  Then copy these strategies into your notes!



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Could your child benefit from a little One-On-One tutoring?

The problem below is called a “Work with Me” challenge.  This challenge encourages your child to work step-by-step along side me to solve this challenge.  All of the following challenges are called “On Your Own” challenges.  However, many of my students who struggle with multiplication will do five or six of the “On Your Own” challenges as a “Work with Me” challenge.  They play the video, pause it, and copy the strategies until they feel comfortable and confident.  Doing the problems as a “Work with Me” challenge is like having a personal tutor.

Help with Math Homework: Challenge 2
Work With Me

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Meet Cameel & Kamel the Singing Camels.  They are a brother and sister team that travel all over the world singing their beautiful melodies.  They sing 74 songs at each concert.  Cameel and Kamel are scheduled to perform 456 concerts.  How many songs will they sing?

Watch this Free Tutoring for Math Video!
Gather your materials and press PLAY.  We’ll solve this problem together, while you watch the math tutorial video below.

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Do your children get frustrated when they make a mistake?

We all make mistakes.  As a matter of fact, making mistakes is an essential part of the learning process.  This is why at the end of each of the following “On Your Own” challenges I encourage children to fix their mistakes.  Finding and fixing your own mistake is the fastest way to learn.

Help with Math Homework: Challenge 3
On Your Own

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Stone Cold Kelly is a killer.  You can’t blame her.  After all, she is an alligator, and alligators have to eat.  However, Stone Cold Kelly only eats shrimp.  She loves the taste of shrimp so much that she eats 85 shrimp at each meal.  How many shrimp will Stone Cold Kelly eat during her next 547 meals?

Watch this Free Tutoring for Math Video!
Once you complete the problem – Hit PLAY on the math tutorial video below.  Good Luck!


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Help with Math Homework: Challenge 4
On Your Own

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Sandy Starfish thinks that she is a human being.  Each morning she makes her way to the edge of the tank and holds her head up high.  She spreads her arms and moves her legs so that it looks like she is walking.  When people enter the aquarium, they say “Holy Cow!  That Starfish looks like a real person!”  Sandy Starfish takes 638 steps each time a new group of people enter the aquarium.  If the aquarium gets 93 groups of people each day, how many steps does Sandy Starfish complete each day?

Watch this Free Tutoring for Math Video!
Once you complete the problem – Hit PLAY on the math tutorial video below.  Good Luck!

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Help with Math Homework: Challenge 5
On Your Own

Jeremiah the Bark Licking Giraffe

Jeremiah the Bark Licking Giraffe loves the taste of bark.  His absolute favorite bark is from the acacia tree.  Jeremiah clears the bark from 39 different acacia trees each and every day.  How many trees has Jeremiah eaten the bark from in the past 729 days?

Watch this Free Tutoring for Math Video!
Once you complete the problem – Hit PLAY on the math tutorial video below.  Good Luck!

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Help with Math Homework: Challenge 6
On Your Own

Thor the Thirsty Rhino

Thor the Thirsty Rhino is searching for a watering hole.  He has traveled 48 miles over the past 7 hours.  While he walks, Thor pants like a dog.  He does this to stay cool in the hot African savanna.  If Thor pants 898 times every mile that he walks, how many times has he panted while searching for water?

Watch this Free Tutoring for Math Video!
Once you complete the problem – Hit PLAY on the math tutorial video below.  Good Luck!


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Help with Math Homework: Challenge 7
On Your Own

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Watch this Free Tutoring for Math Video!
Once you complete the problem – Hit PLAY on the math tutorial video below.  Good Luck!

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Help with Math Homework: Challenge 8
On Your Own

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Watch this Free Tutoring for Math Video!
Once you complete the problem – Hit PLAY on the math tutorial video below.  Good Luck!

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Help with Math Homework: Challenge 9
On Your Own

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Captain Bart Eagan the Bald Eagle is fed up with the cold, cold weather in Alaska.  He wants to move to sunny California.  Captain Bart’s plan is to make the trip In 4 days, which means he must fly 637 mile each day.  If Captain Bart flaps his wings 73 times every mile, how many times will he flap his wings each day?

Watch this Free Tutoring for Math Video!
Once you complete the problem – Hit PLAY on the math tutorial video below.  Good Luck!

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Help with Math Homework: Challenge 10
On Your Own

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Albert Baboon Einstein is an inventor.  He is constantly trying to solve the problems of the Baboon World.  So far, he has created 546 different baboon inventions.  Like the human Einstein, Albert Baboon Einstein had a number of failures before perfecting each invention.  If he had 84 failures for each invention, how many failures has Albert Baboon Einstein had in all?

Watch this Free Tutoring for Math Video!
Once you complete the problem – Hit PLAY on the math tutorial video below.  Good Luck!

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Drill & Kill

Here is where we Drill until we Kill all our mistakes!

  1. The following problems can all be solved with the same strategies we used to solve the first ten problems.
  2. Solve all four problems on each page.
  3. Watch the video & correct your work.
  4. Review your work with your teacher.
  5. If you get all 4 problems correct, your parent or teacher may tell you that you’re ready to move to the next book within this series.

Good Luck!

Drill & Kill Any Mistakes

Challenge A

  • 48 x 796

Challenge B

  • 29 x 857

Challenge C

  • 38 x 432

Challenge D

  • 76 x 643
Once you complete the problem – Hit PLAY on the math tutorial video below.  Good Luck!

Drill & Kill Any Mistakes

Challenge A

  • 57 x 756

Challenge B

  • 38 x 837

Challenge C

  • 46 x 693

Challenge D

  • 85 x 949
Once you complete the problem – Hit PLAY on the math tutorial video below.  Good Luck!

Drill & Kill Any Mistakes

Challenge A

  • 92 x 391

Challenge B

  • 67 x 804

Challenge C

  • 83 x 737

Challenge D

  • 81 x 619
Once you complete the problem – Hit PLAY on the math tutorial video below.  Good Luck!

Drill & Kill Any Mistakes

Challenge A

  • 31 x 826

Challenge B

  • 75 x 384

Challenge C

  • 96 x 536

Challenge D

  • 54 x 409
Once you complete the problem – Hit PLAY on the math tutorial video below.  Good Luck!
Need Help with Division?

I have a series on division that is specifically designed for children who do not have all of their multiplication facts memorized.   The series is designed in a similar manner to this series on multiplication, where each and every problem is linked to a video tutorial.  Here is a link to my series on Division.

Thank you for reading this article!

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One Last Thing

If you like this post and found it helpful, please leave a brief comment.   As a teacher, perhaps the greatest reward I receive is from parents, children, and fellow teachers who use my strategies of education and succeed.

My mission in life and as an educator is to make people feel empowered, self-assured, and happy about who they are in this world!  We all have gifts to bestow upon our world.  Go forth and do so, and know that you are awesome!

Have a fantastic day – Brian McCoy


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