This manipulative can show the student how to create a pattern and identify the relationship between any two rows taken from a regular Multiplication Table. Finally, students can see the beautiful patterns such as skip counting or multiples and how these patterns can relates to fractions and proportions.
Any two rows are free to arrange into a pattern. One row the numerator and another row taken from the table as the denominator create fraction along the two rows, . In comparing the fractions proportions are obvious, equal fractions are clearly identified. A lesson could bring understanding of fractions and their properties by shading in fraction bars or circles representing each of the fractions identified from the strips.
You can leave the rows out of order and display it as a unique Multiplication Table. This takes away the comfortable chronological order students are familiar with.