# 5 × 9 Is More Than 45

Even though some students and teachers will chase multiplication facts, such as 5 x 9 = 45, in pursuit of memorizing the products, there is so much more waiting to be learned…

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Hey Steve! Love your work! You and your amazing work is an absolute asset to everyone. Thank you for always sharing openly. Just wanted to note that I use “math triangles” starting in grade 1 to show the relationship between the operations and the numbers. One thing you may want to add to your 9 x 5 is more than 45 is how the “answer”, in the case, 45, can be shown on the left side of the equation ie. 45=9×5. Even in grade 6, when I write this in the board, students tell me I’ve written the answer on the wrong side… which shows you their understanding of =. So, I always have students do the triangle, then write the 8 equations. Of course, In division they struggle with 9=45/5 and 5=45/9. But I think adding the “answer” on the left hand side is extremely useful. Anyways… thanks again for all your great work!

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Great point, Carla! My students are the same way. Equality needs more work!

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