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Give me a real life example of using multiplication tables

Once a child learns their tables (hopefully not by rote!) it’s important that they consolidate this knowledge. There are lots of games on the Internet to help children speed up with drill and practice exercises. Products such as Mathletics and Manga High can give a competitive games-based way of motivating children. However, I thought of another way, which doesn’t involve technology; instead, it involves cookbooks! If you don’t own a cookbook, most lifestyle magazines and supermarket flyers have a recipe or two, which you can use.

Generally, recipes in cookbooks contain a few ingredients and are generally made for a certain number of people. For example, you might find a recipe for a chicken curry in a cookbook containing a list of 5-10 ingredients for 4 people. For example, in the magazine below (from Irish Country Magazine’s November Issue) there is a Thai curry meal that serves 4 people and it contains:

  • 3 chicken fillets
  • 1 bag of green beans
  • 2 red chillies
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 4 cloves of garlic

among lots of other items. The idea now is to see how many of these ingredients would you need if you were to increase the number of people you were serving. The first part to solve the multiples of people you can serve. In the above example, you can serve 4, 8, 12, and so on. With this you are practicing your 4 times tables. The ingredients all need to be multiplied by the same amount so you are getting lots of practice!

There are other places to find recipes, where you can use this same idea. I’ve created a video in my series “Problems with Flyers” where I used a Dunnes Stores flyer with a recipe. You can see the video below.

What other ideas can you think of to practice your tables using real life examples without learning lists of number facts off by heart?

 

 

Last Update: September 10, 2017  

September 10, 2017   206   simon    Numeracy  
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