Introduce the concept of Multiplication using
3) "groups of"
4) repeated addition
Each example demonstrates the inverse property of multiplication (i.e. 5 x 8 = 8 x 5)
This will help students understand the why and how of multiplication; reaching beyond rote memorization of products
Common Core Aligned
3.OA.A.1 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.