Looking for a fun way to practice multiplication with arrays? This math center or math workshop resource includes two building block themed task card activities that provide engaging practice for students beginning to explore multiplication. Perfect for the second grade Common Core or to review before jumping in to multiplication in third grade!
The first activity includes 16 task cards with pictures of blocks arranged in arrays. Two recording sheet options are included. In the first, students will count the blocks on the card and record a repeated addition equation and a multiplication equation on the provided recording sheet. The second answer sheet option asks students to record a repeated addition equation and to describe the array with the phrase “___ rows of ___”. Answer keys are provided. Use the two options to differentiate instruction or at different point in your unit.
The second set of task cards display multiplication problems 1 x 1 through 5 x 5. Students choose a card, build an array to solve, sketch the array, and represent it on the recording sheet. Again, two recording sheet options are provided for differentiation. To use this center, you will need to provide each student (or student pair if students are working together) with a small bag of 25 blocks, along with the cards and recording sheet. (In my own classroom, I use Legos, but any small block will do.)
These activities address the following Common Core standard:
2.OA.C.4: Use addition to find the total number of objects arranged in rectangular arrays with up to 5 rows and up to 5 columns; write an equation to express the total as a sum of equal addends.
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Amanda Taylor @ Second Grade Smiles