There are students who are able to learn their multiplication facts by rote memorization, there are students who do not do well learning this way whatsoever, and of course there are students in all places in-between. As teachers, we need to be sure ALL of our students understand and can make sense of the math we are expecting them to know.
The activities found in this set pair well with the text, Too Many Kangaroo Things To Do! written by Stuart J. Murphy, but they can be used without the text, as well. They can be used in a teacher led lesson, as morning work, during small group intervention, or at a math center.
The first pages included build multiplication number sense using the math facts 1 through 4, as they are used in the mentor text, Too Many Kangaroo Things To Do! Enough samples are included so that teachers may use gradual release, “I Do. We Do. You Do.”, or teachers may differentiate so those students who may get bogged
down with a lot of writing don’t lose sight of the math learning and meaning that is meant to happen.
The final pages included can be used with any multiplication fact to help students build upon their conceptual understanding of multiplication. Students come to realize the many forms and meanings of multiplication including: multiples, arrays, repeated addition, number lines, and fact families.
It is my hope that ALL of your students can find value in these activities and that everyone understands (including those who memorize well) what they mean when they say, “3 x 2 = 6”.