This unit was created especially for my second grade students (but can DEFINITELY be used with firsties or third graders!). I wanted my students to be able to participate in hands-on activities and learning while beginning to learn about arrays and multiplication. If your students have iPads, there are even optional iPad activities and directions (for students and teachers or volunteers) for each activity! Don’t worry! iPads ARE NOT necessary! Just an additional option if your students have access to devices!
Common Core standards addressed are: 2.OA.C.4 Operations & Algebraic Thinking
Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication.
Use addition to find the total number of objects arranged in rectangular arrays with up to five rows and up to five columns; write an equation to express the total as a sum of equal addends.
There are three activities included (with different options for each for each activity):
-Build That Array (with optional iPad activities too!)
Students use manipulatives to build arrays! These are presented to students in three different ways (you choose which works best for your class and students!): as rows & columns, as addition sentences, & as multiplication sentences. These activities can be done as an individual center, or as a scoot around the classroom (recording sheets for both are provided)!
-Identify That Array (with optional iPad activities!)
Students label pictures of arrays using addition and multiplication sentences. These activities can be done as an individual center, or as a scoot around the classroom (recording sheets for both are provided)!
-Match Those Arrays
Students match different cards depicting arrays (rows & columns, addition sentences, multiplication sentences, and arrays). This activity can be used as an individual sorting center, or as a partner matching game!
I hope you and your students have lots of fun discovering and learning about arrays and multiplication with these easy to prep, hands-on activities!
Please feel free to get in touch with any questions! As always, I’d love to hear from you!