This is a fabulous tool for a multiplication unit! Tackle those Common Core standards easily and without a textbook using these activities. I have compiled all of the activities I used to teach the following:
*the meaning of multiplication
*the difference between multiplication and addition
*2-digit by 1-digit multiplication
*3-digit by 1-digit multiplication
*4-digit by 1-digit multiplication
*2-digit by 2-digit multiplication
This is a compilation of 10 ready-to-print activities and 4 ready-to-use graphic organizers you can use to teach all of these skills.
The activities and graphic organizers included in this document are as follows:
Factors, Multiples, Prime, and Composite Numbers: The Number Factory Game allows students to use manipulatives (color tiles, beans, etc.) to discover all the different ways to group a certain number to discover its factors and record it on the Prime Numbers graphic organizer if it is prime and on the Composite Numbers graphic organizer if it is composite. Once they understand multiples, they record the multiples next to the factor tree for that number on the graphic organizer.
The Meaning of Multiplication: We all know multiplication can be thought of as groups with the same number in each group. Well, this graphic organizer brings that meaning to life! All students have to do is plug in the correct numbers and, Voila! They have discovered all 4 facts in the fact family. My students LOVE this graphic organizer.
Difference between Addition and Multiplication: Use the Addition and Multiplication graphic organizer to illustrate the difference between addition and multiplication while solving word problems. They will easily see the difference between the two meanings and will quickly discover all 4 facts in the fact families. Students play BINGO with as well with this activity. You cut out the BINGO problems, they solve them, and if they added to solve it, they place it somewhere under one of the addition columns, and if they multiplied to solve it, they glue it under one of the multiplication columns. Of course, there are free spaces that allow them to generate a problem of their own. The numbers (products) are already there for you to call. Students have to answer problems correctly to get BINGO! Differentiation is built into this activity, also. It is included in the description.
2-digit by 1-digit multiplication: There are 16 problem cards students can answer for this skill. They are all real-life problems and the grids are included for the students to use to correctly line up their numbers.
3-digit by 1-digit multiplication: Students play BINGO again with this activity. You cut out the BINGO problems and they solve them. There's a twist, though! They glue the problems on the board based on one of 4 properties the product can possess. There are several correct placements of these problems, so encourage students to answer all problems before gluing. The numbers (products) are already there for you to call. Students have to answer problems correctly to get BINGO! Differentiation is built into this activity, also. It is included in the description.
4-digit by 1-digit multiplication: There are 16 candy factory problem cards students can work together to solve. You can also use them with game boards as their problems they need to answer to advance. You can do this small group or whole class, as well.
2-digit by 2-digit multiplication: There are so many activities for this skill! There is one foldable activity where you make foldables for the students, and they cut the problems out, glue them onto the foldable, and solve them on the flap. There is an input-output activity for them, a problem set where they have to solve the problems and then fold a piece of construction paper in half and glue the problems on either side depending on whether the product is even or odd, and there are some multiplication squares they can work together to solve.
Review: This activity is a great one! The students will exercise so many skills. It is a circus-themed review activity. They have one number board with different numbers in each of the 25 squares. They have another board with 25 squares and a circus-themed multiplication problem in each square to solve. Once they are solved, they must cut out the problems and use the number riddles to determine where to glue the problems on the number board. After that, all even product squares will be colored one color, and the odd product squares will be colored another to reveal a picture! This activity demonstrates understanding of place value, interpretations, sum of digits, prime numbers, composite numbers, comparing and ordering numbers, multiplication, and more!
I hope you and your students get as much enjoyment from these activities as we have. My students are thriving with multiplication, and I sincerely hope this saves you time and brings multiplication to life!