Multiplication Beads were developed with struggling learners in mind. The visual representation of multiplication highlights the concepts of equal groups AND skip counting at the same time.
Instead of multiplication charts that are not numerically intuitive or visually supportive, why not use a tool that scaffolds the conceptual basics of multiplication?
Students are exposed to the equal groups and skip counting concepts simultaneously as they find their way to a product. For example, for 3x8, students find the string of "3" beads. Next, they find the 8th bead for the product. As a teacher, you can guide students to count by 3s as they go. The concept is built into the tool.
BONUS: I've included a set of blank multiplication beads! These can be used for SO MANY things!
Here are a few fabulous uses:
Conversions of ANY type-
For example: students are being asked to convert minutes to hours/minutes. Teachers or students can write 60s on the beads and count from there. Or, students are being asked to convert inches to feet/inches. Teachers or students can count 12s on the beads. Of course, this will work for any type of conversion and it helps conceptualize the conversion itself. I have seen it work wonders for struggling learners!
Word Problems- students can use the visual string of beads to represent groups in word problems.
Division- Bottom numbers can be written in backwards order as you remove each bead. For example, 24/6: Write 6 in each bead. Write 24 under the first bead. Subtract 6 each time until complete. The number of beads needed is your answer.