Today and tomorrow during math class, we'll practice, practice, practice. As part of the expected standards, students have to learn the "dance step" that is the traditional U.S. algorithm for multiplication. It's one of those areas that profits from lots of practice and knowing your facts too.
To support students, I'll have some facts charts available, practice packets, and the availability of lots of "teachers" - students and teachers who are willing and able to help those who are just beginning to grasp the algorithm.
Our charge as fifth grade teachers is to teach the standards as outlined by the our math department, and that's what we're doing. Onward.