There are two main strategies for the nine facts.

**Patterning**

The more common is to use two patterns in the nines facts.

a. | The first digit of the product is always one less than the number of nines you have. For example, for 6 X 9, the answer starts with a 5 (one less than 6). |

b. | The two digits in the product always add to nine.For example, for 3 X 9 = 27, 2 + 7 = 9. |

Used together, these two patterns let you figure out the product if you can’t remember. There are many other patterns in the nines facts. A great way to approach this topic is to have students discover all the patterns they can, and then point out the usefulness of these two.

**Ten Fact Connection**

Another strategy is to use the ten times facts when they have been learned. 6 X 9 is 7 less than 6 X 10. This is best demonstrated pictorially to students.

**Finger Strategy**

I’m really starting to dislike the finger strategy. It doesn’t use any number sense, and I find students have trouble moving on from it.

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