Hooray. We’ve reached a time table you don’t know off by heart.
3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 33
I know you know bits of it, but it gets blurry in the middle. One thing you can do is secretly under your breath is to count like this
One, two, THREE
Four five SIX
Seven, eight NINE
Ten, eleven, TWELVE
Then it forms a really nice rhythm and you’ll find yourself enjoying yourself so much you will count all the way 1068.
It's quite a good way to remember the 3x table. If you get stuck is to go back to the number one and do a little quiet quiet LOUD quiet quiet LOUD chant to yourself. The LOUD bits are the three times table.
Also just say the actual three times table numbers over and over to yourself.
Three – Six – Nine – Twelve – Fifteen – Eighteen – Twenty-one –Twenty-four – Twenty-seven –Thirty – Thirty-three
Say it ten times now. Say it ten times before bed. Try and get it so you can say it without even thinking what the words mean. Just listen to the rhythm of the words.
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A cool three times table pattern
Sometimes numbers make really cool patterns. They can help you remember things, and if they don't help you remember they're just cool things to know.
Create a three by four grid. That means a table that is three columns across and four rows down. It will look like this:
In the top row, write in the first three numbers of the three times table. So the answers for 1x3, 2x3 and 3x3. You know 1x3 and 2x3 and if you can't remember 3x3 remember it's 9 which is how old you are. (You will know the 3x table by the time you are 10). Now your table will look like this:
In the second row, write 1 in every box, in the third row, write 2 in every box, in the bottom row write 3 in every box. Write the numbers to the left of the box. So now your table looks like this:
Look at the first column which has 3 in the top box. Count backwards from 3 (that is 2, 1, 0 and add that number in the next box, so the second box down has 2 in it, the third box down has 1 in it, and the bottom box has 0 in it. Now your table will look like this:
Now repeat this with the next two columns - you will be counting backwards from 6 and then from 9. Then your table will look like this:
That's the three times table!
But wait. There's another maybe even cooler pattern for the three times table
If you look at the table you just did again, there is something really cool about it. It only works for the three times table. And it only works out if you put the three times table into a table like this. Can you figure it out?
Here's a hint:
Now I suggest you write out this table in this pattern as soon as you arrive at anyone’s house because you never know when someone will say I have twenty seven extremely yummy treats and three children but I can’t figure out how many to give to each child so I better throw the whole lot out unless someone can quickly tell me the answer.
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