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I have used this resource within my classroom to introduce, develop and embed the skills of multiplication from simple units multiplied by units, through to more complex multiplication of decimals by decimals, including "carrying on" in all columns.
What I have most enjoyed about this resource is the time it saves in planning and developing. Once the children have completed the questions, it is easy to edit the numbers and allow the children to complete again, or simply print off for instant homework.
This resource is one of four (the other three being addition, subtraction and division). At the start of each year, the children complete each module as part of the curriculum. The structure of this PowerPoint already ensures differentiation at the heart of the model. As the children start developing their knowledge in multiplication, they try their skills on the first slide, using the first, left hand column (units with no carrying required, quickly followed by hundreds multiplied by units, then thousands multiplied by units). This allows the children to embed the skills and gain in confidence working with larger numbers, but still experiencing success.
Once they have achieved this column, they can quickly move to the second column, which uses similar numbers (units multiplied by units, then tens, then hundreds and finally thousands), only this time, they will need to use "carrying on" to experience success.
Following this, the children can then apply their skills to decimals in the same way.
As the children become more confident, the next slide introduces the multiplication of tens and units by tens and units, hundreds, then thousands with no "carrying on". The same structure applies, with the children growing in confidence as they use larger numbers. The second column introduces "carrying on", with the third column working in multiplying decimals by decimals and whole numbers.
As the activity continues, the children work with multiplying hundreds, then thousands.
It is a simple process, but incredibly effective in pitching the lesson at the right level, and ensuring that children embed learning and move on quickly.
All questions have their own answer sheets, so can be easily printed off by the class teacher for assessment, or self assessment by the pupils (of course, they can self check using calculators if this is another objective to be covered). This unit of work also includes a multiplication grid for the children to use to support their knowledge of multiplication facts. Lack of knowledge should not hinder the progress made, and can be a useful resource for children to be encouraged to learn the facts. (See our other products for using the multiplication grid, as well as our Times Tables pack)
I have seen progress rapidly increase by developing maths sessions in this way, and planning is made much easier, as well as targeting learning to effectively at different learners.
Please view the preview and first few pages of the product for the visuals. Once downloaded, it is ready to go, and can last as long as you need to teach subtraction. Simply change the numbers and the slides can be used again, or printed for homework.