Multiplication Cheat Sheet

Do yout students struggle with the standard multiplication algorithm? Are you also looking for visuals for multiplicaiton by the area method? In this post is a free pdf printable math cheat sheet for the standard multiplicaiton algorithm as well as a link to a math word wall showing multiplication by the area method.

One of my favorite things to do - and this is going to sound funny - is making math cheat sheets. 

When I'm making them I imagine kids struggling with a certain concept or algorithm and being completely stressed out about it. Then I imagine my cheat sheet maybe helping alleviate some of that pressure. This is what drives the work I do. I know that anxiety pretty well and it's no fun.

Multiplication Cheat Sheet

Teachers are everything and no cheat sheet will ever take their place. Every free math cheat sheet I make is meant to help kids who are struggling with a topic and whose self-confidence is starting to wear down because of that struggle.

A couple teachers had asked for a multiplication cheat sheet, one saying that my long division cheat sheet helped her son. I had been imagining what that sheet would look like and today finally hashed it out.

I have posted more math cheat sheets in this post: 


Most of the cheat sheets on that page are for older students, but there are a few in there for younger students. All are free to download. 

> You can find the free multiplication cheat sheet here in my Google Drive.

Multiplication Pennant with a ghost theme

Here is a fun math pennant for multiplication. It has a ghost theme for Halloween.

area model multiplication math word wall reference

I included multiplication with the area model on my 4th grade math word wall. I like this method a lot, especially because it connects to high school math when students multiply polynomials. 

Multiplication holiday math ornaments

For the winter holidays, I made this set of multiplication ornaments.

> You can find the free multiplication cheat sheet here in my Google Drive.

Free math resource library
Free math resource library


  1. Yikes....this free cheat sheet is in need of an edit. :)

    1. I knew it! Back to the drawing board!

    2. All fixed. This is what I get for not triple checking... happens to me with everything. I appreciate your super quick response! All fixed now. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    3. I would correct the step verbage too - maybe add something in there about adding zero placeholders.

    4. This would be a great class conversation. Maybe even have the kids use red crayon to write their own zeros in that blank space.