A topic that I have been thinking about recently is the use of area models to teach multiplication. Today’s post looks at how we can look for and make use of structure (Standard for Mathematical Practice 7). We will combine the topics of place value and area models in the elementary curriculum in order to help students see the structure of multi-digit multiplication. Today’s download will help your students see how the structure of the number system place value can be used to multiply two numbers. This method is a step in the process of the conceptual development of multiplication in Grade 4 that will help students eventually learn the standard algorithm for multiplying two two-digit numbers by the end of Grade 5.

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