We are currently working hard on learning and practicing the process of multiplying up to 4 digits by 1 digit and 2 digits by 2 digits. Just learning how to use the “old school” algorithm to solve the problem is no longer enough. The kids have to be able to explain the process of why that “old school” algorithm works. I’ve posted short video clips that help to show the multiplication process and what we are expecting the kids to understand and do.Of course, it is extremely important that the kids learn and memorize their basic multiplication facts!
Multiplication with base ten blocks/area models:
“Grid /Window/Box” Method of multiplying 2-digit by 2-digit numbers:
Before the Thanksgiving holidays, we began reviewing the process of multiplying 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers. We viewed the videos below to help us understand how we use the values of the digits to multiply. Ask your child to teach you how to do this type of multiplication. If he/she can teach it to you, then you know he/she has learned it!