The adventures of a fourth grade teacher in East Central Illinois.

Illustrating Multiplication

Today was the last day of school for the week, so I wanted to make sure that we did a math activity that wouldn’t necessitate math homework. As a result, I decided to build on the work we started yesterday.

I gave each group of students a large piece of post-it chart paper and had them divide them into six sections. Then I gave each group a baggie with different cubes inside. The students were given the task to come up with four different array or equal-groups models to show the total number of cubes as a multiplication problem. Then they had to write a repeated addition problem and a word problem to reflect the total.

The students worked hard, then we stopped for an assembly before returning and finishing out the day. I took pictures of each of the groups with their posts but, alas, the pictures are on my iPad which is not with me at the moment. Check back tomorrow and you should be able to see them then!








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