Arrays Activities Teaching Array Unit Plans

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Rays of Arrays: An Introduction Unit-A unit dedicated to array activities and teaching arrays activities. Using and building arrays is a foundational skill that helps set students up for success in multiplication and division. Build that foundation with this teaching arrays unit. This arrays lesson plan pack has been created to build a strong understanding of arrays and their purpose in math.

This unit is designed to work from the most simple concepts to the more complex, building each day.

Perfect for 2nd or 3rd grade!

Designed for Student Success!

This 10-day unit starts in the concrete and focuses on students building and manipulating their own arrays.

As students move through the unit, the shift then goes to the pictorial representations, then to abstract. Also includes differentiated array activities so all learners are reached in your classroom!

Students have a full understanding of arrays once they start finding arrays within arrays.

This is the perfect introduction to multiplication and division.

Here’s a peek at what’s in this unit!

Teaching Tools:

  • Resources for Arrays- Links to books, manipulatives, and other resources to support your array’s unit.

  • Rays of Arrays Teaching PowerPoint- a 30-slide PowerPoint to help you teach about arrays.

  • Array Lesson Plans- a 10 day lesson plan that outlines how to use each of the components in this unit day by day. Includes suggestions for informal and formal assessments.

  • Array Reference Poster- display and refer to this poster throughout your unit.

Hands-on Learning Tools for Student Practice:

  • Water Balloon Arrays- a visual game to help students understand how arrays help mathematicians count up groups quickly. Can later be used as a math center for practice throughout the unit.

  • Rainbow Arrays- a hands-on building arrays activity using Skittles! Use as a center later.

  • Roll an Array- a hands-on game for helping students build arrays. Can be used as a center.

  • Spin an Array- a 3-level differentiated array building activity. Designed to help you meet the needs of all the learners in your classroom. Use later as a center.

  • Array Match Up- an equation and array hands-on match-up game. Cut the pieces in half using unique designs for an easier version, or cut them straight for more of a challenge. Whole group and small group options.

  • Array ISN pages- use these pages to help students create references pages in their Math Interactive Notebooks. Includes pages for key vocabulary and solving word problems using arrays.

Array Worksheets for Practice or Assessment

  • Array Match Up- a fun and low prep cut and paste array and equation matching printable. Perfect for easy informal assessment.

  • Draw an Array- A print and go sheet where students draw an array to match the equation. Great for assessment.

  • Array Word Problems- Use as a summative formal assessment for arrays. Includes some multi-step word problems involving arrays


What Teachers like you are saying about this resource:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sarahgrace C. says, "I work with a combined group of second and third graders for a resource math class. We did these lessons as an intro to multiplication. These students are very low and need the daily gradual steps this resource has that gets them where they need to go. "

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Paiges and Pencils says, "This was perfect!! I love all of the different options and the plans. I'm new to 2nd and this is the perfect jumping off point for me - it's the best way to introduce and reinforce repeated addition skills. Thank you!"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kiara B. says, "We used this as a quick way to review arrays as the bulk of the kids had forgotten (it was learned online last year). It was a short and sweet lesson that got the kids practicing their arrays in a variety of ways (to assist in calculating, to make math an addition/multiplication sentence, and to solve word problems), reinforced the connection between repeated addition and multiplication, and connected arrays to real life with all the examples in the PPT. The kids enjoyed looking around the classroom for various examples of arrays, and they began noticing them in other images in the days following the lesson."

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Samantha C. says, "Fantastic resource. Easy to navigate, cute images, and engaging lessons/activities. "

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members, e.g., by pairing objects or counting them by 2s; write an equation to express an even number as a sum of two equal addends.
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.
Interpret products of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 5 × 7 as the total number of objects in 5 groups of 7 objects each. For example, describe a context in which a total number of objects can be expressed as 5 × 7.


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