I ALWAYS suggest starting any multiplication unit with music. In fact, I always start EVERY math lesson, all year long with a multiplication song. My absolute favourite is the Numberock Multiples of 8 song. It is super catchy and the 8 times tables are often tricky for students to master.
It is important to start any Multiplication unit by providing students with an opportunity to review their basic facts. One awesome way for students to practice their basic facts is through problem solving. I love incorporating literature into my Math block. “Pigeon Math” is a beautiful book that works wonderfully as a jumping off point for students to create their own word problems. Your Mathematicians can create their own picture books with single digit multiplication problems. Check out this FREE activity in my TPT shop by clicking HERE.
After reviewing basic facts, there will still be some facts that are super tricky for students to master. For these facts, I like to put up cute posters. That way, students will see these facts throughout the day and start committing them to memory. You can get a FREE set of Multiplication fact posters HERE!
No matter how much you practice, there will always be some students who need a reference tool in order to complete multi digit multiplication problems. A desk plate is an awesome tool because students can discreetly check their facts and still show an understanding of multi digit multiplication. Click HERE to check out my Multiplication Reference tool on TPT.
Before introducing students to the traditional algorithm, I like to start with the Box or Area method. I love this method because it introduces students to partial products and helps multi digit multiplication to make sense! I have created this short video for you to show you how this method works.
Another awesome song for this unit is the NumberRock Multidigit Multiplication song. This song walks students through the steps of the traditional algorithm. Talk about catchy!
Since kiddos need a TON of practice with multiplication, I love to provide them with a digital escape room. This makes review so much fun and way less repetitive! Click HERE to check out this fun Zoo themed Multiplication Escape Room.
Are you new to digital escape rooms? Check out my posts about them here!
There you have it, everything that you need to know about teaching multiplication! Be sure to pin this post so that you can come back to it throughout your unit.
Have a sweet week.