Students will enjoy these activities as you kick start your multiplication unit with arrays.
1) 32 Task Cards: The task cards have arrays only on them. The task cards do not have any specific directions, so they can be used with multiplication or division or when teaching fact families. Task cards include recording sheets for answers as well as an answer sheet. The answer sheet includes the fact family.
2) 30 Array 2-Part Puzzles: Great for cooperative learning! One part has the array and the second part has the multiplication fact. Students mix them up and work together to find the matching multiplication fact. Students could work with the array only and record the whole fact family in their math journal. Would also work in a math center independently.
3) 3 Levels of Array Spinners: A fun activity for students as they make the connection between arrays and multiplication. There are two spinners on the page. Using a paper clip students will spin for the two numbers to build the array. Three levels can be used to differentiate instruction for your students. One spinner has 8 numbers, one spinner has 5 numbers, and the third spinner has only 4 numbers to choose from. Use in a math center, with a partner or as a fun activity to do with a parent for homework.
4) 2 Dice Activities: Great for cooperative learning. Much like the spinners except that students are using dice to find the two numbers to multiply. One page has the dice at the bottom of the page. Students select the two dice and create the array and the multiplication sentence.
5) 11 Quick Assessments: Find My Product - 11 pages, each fact 0 - 10 is on its own page. Use as an assessment of understanding multiplication facts. Copy all 11 pages and students complete as you introduce each set of facts. It is quick, easy to grade and students use their favorite colors to color in the correct answer to the multiplication equation.
Many different hands-on activities and assessments to use to help your students understand the connection between arrays and multiplication. Your students will enjoy these!
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