Included in this packet are several activities to help your students understand the meaning of multiplication. This pack includes vocabulary, activities, crafts, centers, partner games, and an assessment.
The following activities are included:
Vocabulary and Activities:
5 posters (array, product, factors, equal groups, commutative property)
• Vocabulary matching game
• Vocabulary interactive notebook flip-flap book
Instructional Activities and Crafts:
• Commutative Property- This helps to help students understand that the commutative property (my class calls it the “flip flop” property) applies in multiplication by cutting out different size arrays.
• Each Orange Had Eight Slices Class Book- This is a writing activity that uses the book Each Orange had Eight Slices by Paul Giganti. Read the book and solve the problems in the book like word problems. Then, using the sheet provided in this packet have students create their own story problem in the same format as the book. These can be bound into a class book. A cover for the class book is provided.
• Tree Craft- Students create a tree to show equal groups. A template for the tree is provided. Students cut out leaves and glue the leaves to the branches to show equal groups. Students will complete a card to show a repeated addition and multiplication equation for their tree. No template for the leaves is provided.
• “Multiplication-pillar” Craft- Students create a caterpillar to show an equal number of spots on each body segment. Students will complete a card to show a repeated addition and multiplication equation for their multiplication-pillar.
• Pocket Sort- Students will create a pocket (template provided), solve the multiplication equation using number lines, repeated addition, grids and symbol arrays, and place their products in the odd or even pocket. .
• Skip Counting book- Students will skip count by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10, answer questions about patterns and create a book to keep.
• Multiplication Flip- This half page sized flipbook is perfect for explaining how to use different strategies such as repeated addition, arrays, and number lines to solve multiplication equations.
Centers and Partner Games:
• Product Roll- This practices basic multiplication facts. All that is needed is the recording sheet and one die!
• Rock and Roll Groups- This game reinforces repeated addition, skip counting, equal groups and sets to solve equations. Students use dice and a recording sheet to play the game.
• Multiplication Puzzles- Four large puzzles are included. Each four-piece puzzle includes repeated addition, a number line, an array and an equation. Students must use all four pieces to complete the puzzle. Roll a problem- Students roll a die and choose an equation from their mat. Students will write an addition and multiplication equation, illustrate an array, solve the equation, and write the product on the recording sheet.
• This assessment can be used for students to demonstrate and understanding of how to use the strategies of skip counting, arrays, equal groups or sets, number lines, and repeated addition to solve multiplication equations.