Thursday, February 2, 2012

Multiplication Game: Groups of

photo via teacher web
Kids learn about "groups of," understand multiplication, and see how addition and multiplication are related. When kids see that multiplication is kind of like short hand addition, they can grasp the concept better. For example: 6+6+6+6+6+6+6+6=48 and 6x8=48.

Teacher Web (featured left) had kids roll dice and create groups of stickers. Next, they created a multiplication problem from the groups they made.

For instance, kids rolled a 4 and a 6, so they created four groups of six (6 x 4 = 24).  After they wrote out their multiplication problem, they could go back and check their work by counting all the stickers in the groups they made, adding them together.

(Note: Use 2 different colors for your dice, so kids don't get confused when making groups.)

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