Multiplication is one of my favorite things to teach, so here it is for MaTh activity Thursday!
When I think of multiplication, I think 'shortcut'. After all, if you understand the concept of multiplication it is not just memorizing, it's remembering patterns and tricks to be able to do a math problem quicker. Take a look at a bunch of cereal pieces. This is the multi-grain kind and I found three different colors. There are 5 pieces in each group.
I know it is very important for kids to understand that they are not just memorizing numbers, but that there is a system and reasoning for the need to know the numbers quickly.
When children get into multiplying larger numbers, such as 219 x 24 they will be taught the regular method of lining them up...