Looking for a fun and easy way to introduce multiplication to your learners? Today, I am sharing these low prep multiplication fact booklets. These were extremely useful when I was teaching multiplication. For me as a general rule, maths needs to be understood via concepts and visual aids first. Once the child is familiar with the concepts, they can then move to worksheets to work on fluency and quickness. Multiplication can also be taught using visual aids, such as arrays or equal groups. Today’s printable focuses on repeated addition of equal groups.
Multiplication Fact Booklets Printable
To grab your copy of this printable click here. You will be directed to my store to purchase your copy of this printable. The Free 2 Fact Booklet is available in the preview of the TpT product.
I recently released a winter themed set. The main difference between this set I am sharing today and the set I shared previously, is in the theme. The previous set was winter themed, while this new set is not holiday/season themed making it suitable for use anytime during the year.
Repeated Addition of Equal Groups
As I mentioned before in my previous post about multiplication, I decided to start teaching multiplication using repeated addition. This made sense, since students are already familiar with the concept of addition. So introducing multiplication using addition, will help in setting an understanding of multiplication.
The basic idea behind repeated addition is very simple. There are a certain number of groups, and each group has an equal number of items. In order to find the total number of items, we can simply add up all the groups together using addition.
Once, students become familiar with the concept of repeated addition, you can then move on to introduce other models of multiplication such as arrays and number lines. Students will quickly begin to realize how much easier multiplication is. Instead of having to add several numbers, they can solve the question using a simple multiplication fact.
Multiplication Fact Booklets
Using the same idea as before, I created booklets using cute counting sets, such as ducks, pizza, chocolates and gumball machines. Since the counting items are not themed, the booklets can be used during anytime of the year.
I made use of clipart that would allow students to see the different groups clearly. This will help them when they have to count the number of groups.
Each multiplication fact is a half-page and consists of a few fill in the blanks. The students will count the items, and write down the answers accordingly. The final step will be to write down the multiplication fact. This helps students to follow a thought process when doing the multiplication booklets and help to solidify and strengthen their understanding of multiplication.
In order to make sure every multiplication can be practiced and learnt I have created fact booklets all the way from 1 to 12 facts.
Preparing the Fact Booklets
Each booklets contains 7 printed pages. The pages need to be cut into half, and then stapled along the left edge, and you’re ready to go. The format of each booklet is exactly the same, so preparation should be relatively simple. Refer to the pictures in this post for guidance on how to prepare the booklets.
A great tip, print the pages on color paper to give it that pop, while at the same time still saving on ink.
Multiplication Posters – Facts
I do know that some students like having a fact sheet that can refer to when necessary, so I have included one sheet for each multiplication fact within the booklet. This can serve as a guide when they’re completing the booklets.
The counting clipart pictures are bigger for smaller facts and get smaller for the larger multiplication facts. Despite the smaller size of the clipart for the larger facts, I have tried to ensure that it doesn’t affect the ability to count the items. No counting item is used twice within one booklet, thus making the booklets more interesting. To appeal more to the students, clipart of fun things and food items have been used such as donuts, chocolates, footballs, fishes in a bowl, etc.
On each page students will fill in the blanks for the following details:
- Number of equal groups
- Number of counting items for the groups shown (e.g. number of donuts in each box, number of fish in the bowl, etc)
- Write the repeated addition equation for the groups shown (not present in the 1’s fact booklet) and add up the total. There is one blank for each group, so the 12 booklet has 12 blanks to fill.
- Number of groups of counting items (e.g. 3 groups of 4, or 5 groups of 6 and so on)
- Finally, they will write the multiplication statement. This will help them to connect the repeated addition equation to the multiplication fact that they have written down and the answers can be compared to check whether they are the same.
I have included some completed samples below. The booklets come in one version, for front only copies.
- Before handing over the booklets to your students, make sure to go through a few example to make sure they understand the concept.
- Mention that the items are grouped, and each group has the same number of items as the others. For e.g. If there are 10 gumballs in one machine that all the machines in that page have 10 gumballs as well. This will help them to avoid counting the items in every single group.
- Go through each fill in blank and help the student understand what each statement means and what they are required to write in it. For e.g. for the number of groups, ask them to count the number of machines or number of boxes. Once they have understood the basic concept they will be able to complete the remainder of the booklet.
- Do mention that there is a multiplication facts page also available, as the numbers get larger, addition could become tougher, so they may need to rely on the facts page for help,
Ideas for use:
The booklets can be used as morning work, bell work, extra activities for early finishers, or even homework.
If you feel your third grader, needs a little bit of revision on his/her multiplication facts, just pull out one of these booklets and have them practice a little on it.
Teaching students these multiplication foundations, is a tremendous help to students as they work on math fluency and automaticity. Students will begin to realize the ease in using multiplication as opposed to addition and this will help to set the basic foundation for learning multiplication.
To get your copy of the Multiplication Facts Booklet printable click here or click the image below.
Resources for Teaching Multiplication
- Multiplication Arrays Matching Puzzles Game – Free printable to introduce learners to multiplication arrays.
- Summer Fun Multiplication Puzzles – Free Printable for practicing those multiplication facts.
- No Prep Multiplication Mazes Free Printable – Help students practice their multiplication facts by navigating their way through the maze.
- Multiplication Facts Posters Freebie – Help students refer and memorize their multiplication facts using these posters.
- Fall Multiplication Puzzles – Free Printable for practicing those multiplication facts.