These multiplication dot cards support Number Talks by working the same way as addition and subtraction dot cards. These dot cards help children visualize multiplication equations, strategies and the multiplication process. These cards can also be used as a partner or small group activity in your Math Centers or Math Stations, after children have experience using them with you during whole class Number Talks.
This file contains 5 sets of multiplication dot card visuals for each Times Table (2 - 12). There are 4 sets of visuals for the 1 times table. Using the 3 times table as an example, the sets are as follows:
Set 1: ‘3 groups of x’
Set 2: ‘x groups of 3’
Set 3: Arrays showing ‘x rows of 3’
Set 4: Arrays showing ‘3 rows of x’
Set 5: Arrays showing both ‘x rows of 3’ (equation at the top of the card) AND ‘3 rows of x’ (equation along the side of the card). When you use the card with both equations, you can turn the card to the side to easily demonstrate the equivalence between the two equations. They look different, but the amounts are the same).
My blog post here gives more detail about how and why I use these dot cards in my class. These visuals help children who are still working at the concrete and representational stages of mathematical reasoning (which is most of our kids).
You can laminate these dot cards, put them on scrapbooking rings, and then mark them with a whiteboard pen during Number Talks, to easily illustrate your students' mathematical thinking as they explain their reasoning to the rest of the class.
These dot cards increase the power of Number Talks to develop strong number and operation sense, as well as mathematical reasoning skills in your class. And buying all of them bundled together is great value!
More resources (print and digital) to practice & learn individual times tables can be found here: