Math Coachs Corner: Array Models for Multiplication. For multiplication facts to make sense to children, they have to have lots of concrete and representational experiences with the idea of multiplication prior to trying to achieve automaticity with the facts. Students need to move from addition to multiplicative thinking to understand the difference between 4 + 3 and 4 x 3. This little activity is another one from Van de Walle.
Even though I believe there's a lot of learning going on when kids are involved in creative play, crafting, games, cooking, and all the other things we come together to do, here are a few of our posts which focus on tips, games, and activities that are fun and educational!
multiplication - this is how they are taught in elem and not always using the standard algorithm - good to refer back to for students