Circle and X's (adapted from "Circle and Stars" by Marilyn Burns) is a great way to help students understand multiplication and vocabulary related to multiplication.
Two or more people can play the game. Each student will roll a number cube 2 times. Each student will draw circles for the first roll and put X's in each circle for the 2nd roll on their own recording sheet. The students will write a sentence and an equation for each turn. Example: 3 groups of 4 is 12, 3x4=12.
My class played the game everyday for several weeks and then it was placed in a center.
Included are worksheets to introduce how to record for the game, a recording sheet and a practice/assessment worksheet.
This game along with Understanding Multiplication Part 1 (What Comes in 2's, 3's, & 4's) and Understanding Multiplication Part 3 (Arrays) gave my students a good understanding of multiplication. This is what the Common Core expects from 3rd and 4th graders.