Year four is the year of multiplication. Though it was most likely introduced to kids in year three, year four is when kids are tasked with mastering their times tables and developing a stronger understanding of this key operation. This guided lesson in understanding multiplication can help give third graders a leg up. For even more practise, consider downloading the recommended multiplication worksheets that accompany the lesson.
This lesson includes 5 printable learning activities
Skip Counting at the Zoo
One leg, two legs, three legs, eek! Something is not quite right with the mutant animals at this strange petting zoo. Kids must identify the number of legs in each pen of animals with this silly skip counting game. Perfect for practising repeated addition as a strategy for multiplication, this game shows kids how the two are related—a skill that will help them continue to succeed in maths class.
One-Digit Multiplication and Equal Groups
Using equal groups, this exercise will help students just starting out with one digit multiplication.
Multiplication and Repeated Addition
This exercise teaches students a new trick by using repeated addition to achieve the same result as multiplication.
One-Digit Multiplication with Skip-Counting
Students can incorporate skip counting as a tool used in verifying their correct multiplication answers.
Candy Shop Arrays
Arrays are an essential tool kids can use to understand their times tables. Give students practise mastering how to multiply using rows and columns with this sweet candy game. By visualizing how rows and columns are multiplied to create a product, kids are able to gain a concrete understanding of how multiplication works—a foundational skill upon which more maths skills are built.
One-Digit Multiplication and Arrays
Visual learners will appreciate the one digit arrays that make multiplication practise easier in this exercise.
One-Digit Multiplication and the Commutative Property
Explain to students how the commutative property plays out in multiplication problems with this exercise.
One-Digit Multiplication Using a Number Line
Year four multiplication is made easy with these exercises that have students utilize a number line and helpful hints.
Pool Creation: Area Models
Make a splash with multiplication! In this maths game, kids calculate the area of a family's pool with an array. Perfect for practising simple multiplication or repeated addition, this game helps players understand how to multiply using concrete manipulatives. In addition, kids are challenged to answer a word problem about fun pool add-ons, taking the maths practise to the next level.
One-Digit Multiplication with Area Models
Give your students the foot up they need in geometry with these exercises that have your third graders work forwards and backwards through area problems.
Relating Area to Addition and Multiplication
Help students understand the relation between addition and multiplication, and the area of objects, with this easy to navigate exercise.
Multiply by 1
A great starting point with teaching multiplication is having students learn facts about multiplying 1s.
Multiply by 2
Students who are attracted to the difference between odds and evens will like studying these facts about multiplying 2s.
Multiply by 10
Whether because it’s a double digit number or it presents round answers, students gravitate to learning facts about multiplying 10s.

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