This worksheet is designed to allow students to explore different methods of more complex multiplication and then decide for themselves which one is best for them.
Prior learning required:
A sound understanding of times tables
An introduction to multiplication methods
This activity has been developed to align with the New Zealand numeracy program Level 4 standard
NA4-1: Use a range of multiplicative strategies when operating on whole numbers
Students aged 10-11 would normally be working at this level. However, the numeracy program framework requires a level of thinking different to other countries, therefore this activity may be applicable to a different age category in your country.
I have used the first part of this worksheet in class and given the last page as homework practice.
The primary reason I created this worksheet is because students I tutor were choosing a strategy (given to them by their regular classroom teacher) because they liked the way it looked, rather than because they understood how it worked.
The structure of this work encourages those kids to pick a strategy based on which one gives them the most correct answers and solve the remaining problems that way.
As I only teach small groups (4-8) I know that this product would work excellently in a home-school or other small group environment. I have not tested it in a large classroom, however, I am sure that it would be of use to any teacher with students who also struggle to understand multiplication concepts.