Rows and Columns

Second Quarter is upon us! What does that mean in Math? Oh yes, multiplication! The kids have been excited, nervous,  eager, and engaged!

One of the critical parts about these early stages of multiplication is the vocabulary. Students need to understand the language and concepts of what it is they are doing in multiplication.

You can reinforce the vocabulary at home and when you're out and about with your family!

array: items arranged in rows and columns. You can make arrays with objects, cookies, have them make arrays, it can be fun!

Rows and columns can be very challenging to grasp. We teach it like a movie theater. You have to go into a row before you can choose a column. Also point out buildings that have long columns in their structure. This will reinforce the visual of arrays they will be making all year. Rows first.

Equal groups: an equal number of objects arranged in a given number of groups. YOu can use fruit, veggies, candies, and put them in equal groups in cups!

NUMBER OF GROUPS. Once you have your groups, how many groups are there?

4 groups of 3 objects is 4x3=12!

Happy Multiplying!