Prior to “memorizing” multiplication facts, it is important for students to comprehend the relationship between skip counting, repeated addition, and multiplication. This activity provides your students with a multi-sensory approach to understanding those concepts.
In my classroom, I have the students highlight their own individual charts and make observations using them. As a whole class, we also mark the multiples together and record our observations about each chart. I then use their words and ideas to create resource charts that anchor their learning.
Admittedly, I was completely blown away this year when their predictions included things like, "33% of the chart is shaded." Ummm...why yes it is.
I put all of the materials I use with this lesson together in a packet.
Included in this packet you’ll find the following:
11 Highlighted Multiples Charts (2-12) to display in your classroom as a resource.
A black-lined master for students to highlight and record their own observations
(I make these into individual books and use the one we create together as a class book).
A book cover for the student books.
A blank hundred chart.