I have been working on the four times table with my second grader. We have been doing a number of things:
1 – Count by 4’s: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, etc.
2 – Toss a ball, taking turns saying the table: 4 (me), 8 (him), 12 (me), 16 etc.
3 – Put cards in order. We have a stack of number cards that we made, up to 144. I gave him the cards from the 4 times table in random order, and he put them in order, saying the table aloud.
I told the story of ‘Star Money’ from Grimms, and we practiced the 4 star on our wooden disk, drew and colored the star, and wrote out the 4 times table.
I also told the fable The Little Jackals and the Lion. Any fable of animals with 4 legs would do. We drew the lion looking down into the well at his own reflection, then we counted lion’s legs the next day.
First we used a 6-sided die (everything is better with dice). He would roll and that would determine how many lions we have. Then we put 4 legs on each lion. Now, how would you write that number sentence? We did this several times, took a break, and carefully put some examples in the lesson book. Next to try it with the 9 sided die, and finally the 12!