Concept of Multiplication Home Activities

OVERVIEW & PURPOSE

Week 8 of the 2nd Grade CountFast program introduces the concept of multiplication as repeated addition. This module includes some of the basic rules of multiplication with an emphasis on improving fluency and speed with basic multiplication facts. Spend 15 minutes each day on one of the activities listed in this module.  Card decks should go home with students each day for additional practice with a parent at home. Each week, a new deck is introduced and the previous deck is for the student to keep at home for continued practice.

EDUCATION STANDARDS

  1.  NCTM Standard: understand situations that entail multiplication and division, such as equal groupings of objects and sharing equally.
  2.  NCTM Standard: develop fluency in adding and multiplying whole numbers
  3.  CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.OA.C  Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication.

OBJECTIVES

Develop fluency in using the concept of multiplication to quickly solve basic multiplication facts.

DAY 1:

Use the YELLOW cards from this week’s deck.  In class we are learning that multiplication is another way to represent adding the same number up over and over. For home practice, have your child match up the yellow cards that have the same meaning (for example, 2 + 2 + 2 and     2 X 2).  Discuss how the multiplication symbol even looks like the addition symbol, just rotated around a little bit.  See how quickly your child can solve each of the yellow cards (in order, or even mixed up).  Use the “Time Record Cards” in the deck to keep track of how long it takes your child to correctly answer the yellow set of cards.  Each round of play, encourage your child to solve the set a little faster than the time before.

DAYS 2 through 5:

Repeat the activities from Day 1, using a different color set from the deck each day.

Day 2 – Use the BLUE cards (multiplying 3)

Day 3 – Use the PINK cards (multiplying 4)

Day 4 – Use the GOLD cards (multiplying 5)

Day 5 – Use the Green cards (multiplying 6)

By the end of the week, challenge your child by mixing up the entire deck and asking him/her to solve each card as quickly as possible.  Each repetition will increase your child’s mental calculation fluency with basic multiplication facts.

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