Multiplication Strategies and Algorithms Part 1: Teach in Guided Math Groups

Posted on September 9, 2011. Filed under: Assessment, Classroom environment, Common Core, Elementary math, Graphic Organizers, Guided math, Math is a Language, Mathematical Proficiency |


What’s 12 x 15?  How did you solve it? Now, solve it another way.  Look at these resources to see different ways.

Resource 1 

These are great scaffolded graphic organizers to use when teaching the lattice method.

Check out these examples.  How is the term “Multiplication Wrestling” a student friendly way of presenting this strategy?

Cluster Strategy of Multiplication.  What  do you think of this strategy?  Is it helpful?  Do you think it is efficient?  Do you think it would help your students?

Different ways and representations used to think about multiplication.

It is important to spend time in small guided math groups talking with students about their thinking.  Students need ample time to listen to themselves and others explain their mathematical thinking.  They should also do word problems where they use one strategy to solve the problem and check it with a different one. The Common Core places an emphasis on different ways of arriving at an answer and being able to represent and explain one’s thinking.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki


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I have another way to multiply numbers, but don’t know which named algorithm is behind it! http://wpgaurav.wordpress.com/2011/08/31/do-you-multiply-this-way/


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