This collaborative partner activity is designed to guide students through the thinking processes involved as they learn to understand how to create multiplication and division fact families. Students begin by skip-counting by a given factor (up to x 12), then writing the corresponding multiplication problems. Next they will use the commutative property to record the reverse multiplication sentence, and then they will put the quotient first, to create the division sentences that belong with each "family". Upon completing the activity, partners will practice reciting the related facts they've discovered!
This first sheet is the "model" that the teacher should use to explain the activity. The class could work together to complete the fact families for the 2 factor (guided practice). The blank sheet should then be given out to pairs of students, with another factor (3 or higher) filled in at the top for them to "discover" the related facts for! Enjoy!