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I have been thinking for a while about how to teach multiplication to Trucker, I simply could not decide where to start. Multiplication is one of those math topics that basics and understanding is much more important before memorizing just the facts. There are quite a few models that can be used to teach multiplication.
- Equal groups
- Repeated addition
- Number line
I decided to start off teaching multiplication using equal groups and repeated addition. So basically, there are a certain number of groups, and each group has an equal number of items in it. In order to find the total number of items, we can simply add up all the groups together using addition. Following this, the concepts of groups can be introduced and finally the multiplication facts that the groups represent. In this way, the concept of multiplication can be solidified with equal groups and help with both understanding and automaticity when using multiplication.
Following this idea, I created multiplication booklets of repeated addition using winter themed counting clipart. It fit the concept perfectly. There were groups defined and the items within each group were the counting item. Each fact would come with a few fill in the blanks which the student would answer, helping them to reach to the final step which involves writing the actual multiplication fact. A sample of one of the completed pages in the 2 facts booklet is shown below. I have included a FREE copy of the 2 facts booklets, so be sure to get it at the end of this blog post!
And in order to make sure that the whole multiplication is covered, I have created fact booklets all the way from 1 to 12. Each booklet contains 7 pages to be printed, which then need to cut into half, and then stapled along the edge. I have attached pictures of one of the printed, cut and stapled booklets.
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.
Multiplication Facts Page
The format of each booklet is the same, the only difference is that for each fact the number of grouping changes, so the larger groups tend to have smaller pictures.
The counting items are winter themed, so this is suitable for incorporation into a winter unit, however, it can be used at any time to introduce the concept of multiplication through repeated addition.
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 hearts on the mitten, number of marshmallows in the cup, 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 can be used as morning work, bell work, extra activities for early finishers, or even homework. The booklets come in one version, for front only copies.
Teaching students these multiplication foundations, is a tremendous help to students as they work on math fluency and automaticity.
Click on the image below to get your own copy of the complete set of multiplication booklets. Happy teaching!