Using an area model, or box model, to teach multiplication is an excellent way to build conceptual understanding that the standard algorithm for multiplication does not provide. For the past two years, I have used only area models when teaching multiplication (no standard algorithm) and I have seen a HUGE improvement in accuracy and number sense.
This bundle includes four days of no-prep lessons. Purchase the lessons individually here:
Area Model Multiplication: 2 x 1 Digit, Guided Notes and Exit QuizArea Model Multiplication: 3 x 1 and 3 x 1 Digits, Guided Notes and Exit QuizArea Model Multiplication: 2 x 2 Digits, Guided Notes and Exit Quiz Area Model Multiplication: 3 x 2 Digits, Guided Notes and Exit Quiz
As the numbers get bigger, the shape of the area model changes. This bundle is designed to build slowly so that students grow comfortable with the strategy before they tackle larger numbers. Students are also asked to estimate the product first and then check their product for reasonableness in the end. This builds accuracy and number sense.
Each of the 4 Complete Lesson Packets Includes:
→Teacher Lead Problem Set
→Partner Problem Set
→3 pages of Independent Practice
→Challenge Problem Set for Early Finishers
→Answer Keys for Everything
This bundle is perfectly aligned to 5.NBT.B.5 for 5th grade, but could also be used as a review lesson for 6th or 7th grade or a challenge lesson for 4th graders that are really excelling at multiplication.
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