Here’s a visual method for teaching 2-digit multiplication using differentiated, visual cues to guide students’ learning for success.
I LOVE this differentiated visual method of teaching 2-digit x 2-digit multiplication. This strategy helps students learn quicker, easier, and without much fuss! And you can try it out for FREE! The best part about this method is that scaffolding provides complete flexibility to meet the needs of ALL students.
The Standard Algorithm Blues
You might refer to 2-digit multiplication as double-digit multiplication, long multiplication, and multi-digit multiplication. The standard algorithm requires that students know basic multiplication facts reasonably well.
The more fluent students are with basic facts, the more brainpower they have for learning the procedure. And that’s often part of the struggle students face.
Additionally, Students must:
- Follow the correct procedure, which has several steps.
- Line up their numbers and columns.
- Write neatly (Ack! So many kids can’t read their own writing – that’s another blog post for another time)
When it comes to 2-digit multiplication, there are so many opportunities for students to make mistakes. Plus, students just don’t get it!
About Differentiated 2-Digit Multiplication
Students can see the steps as they solve multi-step multiplication problems. In addition, the shapes on these worksheets visually guide students toward successfully solving the problems.
Student frustration can be drastically reduced because students can see the progression of the steps. As a result, they’ll gain confidence and finally understand!
By simply remembering that “Circles go with circles” and “Squares go with squares,” students gain confidence that leads to success.
How Differentiated Organizers and Worksheets Help Students
These differentiated 2-Digit Multiplication worksheets and organizers help students in a few different ways:
- Guide visual learners through the multiplication process
- Alignment of numbers and columns
- Neatness and number size – improves graphomotor skills
- Assist visual discrimination
- Organized writing = organized thinking
Remember – Proper alignment is critical to success with multiplication and division!
How to Use Differentiated Worksheets and Organizers in Your Classroom
Here are some ways you can use these worksheets to help your students today:
- These pages work wonderfully to differentiate for individual student needs.
- Use as scaffolding as students work towards independence.
- Use these worksheets to introduce and reinforce multiplication skills.
- Small group time for practice
- Reteaching needed skills with the teacher’s guidance.
- Homework or independent work as a review.
How do I Teach Students Using This Strategy?
Check out this short video below. It will show you the basics to get you up and running quickly using these organizers.
Where Can I Get These Worksheets for FREE?
Click RIGHT HERE or on the photo below to download a 2-digit multiplication organizer worksheet and a 2-digit multiplication on graph paper (both without any regrouping) FREE to try!
Differentiated Multiplication & Long Division Worksheet Sets:
The 2-digit x 2-digit multiplication set below features color and black and white standard algorithm organizers and student practice pages. Click the image below to visit Teachers Pay Teachers for more information.
The multiplication set below is perfect for students who are new to the process of multiplication with the standard algorithm. This beginner’s set starts learners off on the right foot by guiding them through the process with shapes and colors. Click the image below to visit Teachers Pay Teachers to learn more.
All Multiplication Resources – Check out all of the multiplication resources I offer in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
Long Division Differentiated Worksheets and Organizers – When you get ready to move on to division, this is the perfect resource to turn to for promoting long division learning with your students.
The Total Package of Multiplication and Long Division
ALL multiplication and division shape organization sets – with visual shape math AND graph paper sets:
The Ultimate Bundle of Multiplication and Division – This Ultimate Bundle features everything you need to teach any level of multiplication and division to all learners – fantastic for beginners, special education, and intervention students. Students learn to multiply multi-digit numbers and solve long division problems using visual strategies! All of the work is done for you – saving you valuable time!
More Multiplication Articles:
3 Ideas for Teaching Multi-Digit Multiplication – Here are 3 FAST ideas for teaching multi-digit multiplication. These interventions are easy and quick for busy teachers.
2-Digit Multiplication Worksheets: Differentiated – Here’s a visual method for teaching 2-digit multiplication using differentiated, visual cues to guide students’ learning for success.
2-Digit Multiplication Made Easier! – Here’s how to use the double-digit multiplication organizers and worksheets.
How to Teach Multi-Digit Multiplication and Long Division – This blog article will introduce you to the differentiated multiplication and division resources and how I use them in my own classroom.
Articles about Long Division:
Graph Paper Math Intervention – This blog article explains how to use graph paper as a quick and easy intervention resource with your students. It includes links to free printable graph paper and ideas about using it in your classroom.