2-Digit Multiplication Made Easier! - Caffeine Queen Teacher

2-Digit Multiplication Made Easier!

Performing 2-digit multiplication is tough stuff that requires a lot of practice and repetition (and repetition and repetition). My state is a Common Core state, so this year I have taught the range of methods, including the box method, partial products method, lattice method, and the traditional algorithm. Some students catch on quickly and easily adapt to the range of methods, while others can’t quite figure out what one method has to do with the next.

The common algorithm was introduced last and is the preferred strategy for its efficiency (not to mention, the parents are thrilled that we finally introduced a method that they are able to help their children with!)

multi-digit multiplication worksheets and differentiated organizers for students

As students in my district grow older and move into higher grades, they’re expected to know the traditional algorithm very well. I did a lot of searching, and I wasn’t able to find an adequate graphic organizer that I felt would help my strugglers achieve.

Several of my students were struggling to learn the steps and perform them in the correct order. I realized that my strugglers were typically visual and hands-on learners, so I developed a graphic organizer to help with executing the algorithm.

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2-Digit Multiplication Visual Organizer

This organizer is a method that can be used to teach the traditional algorithm. The beauty of this organizer is that it’s student-friendly and uses both shapes and colors to assist students in performing the steps in order.

visual multiplication organizer to help students learn 2-digit multiplication

I’m constantly saying “Circles go with circles” or “Squares go with squares,” which cues my students to look for the next step within that particular shape.

differentiated, visual strategy for teaching double digit multiplication to students

If you can see in the picture above, I use colors on the shapes as well. I introduced using colors on my anchor chart as I introduced the process in general. The colors in the packet are different than I used on my anchor chart. In the packet, I used red around all of the circles and blue around all of the squares, but you get the idea!

Visual Strategy Anchor Chart

new visual multiplication strategy for double digit multiplication

Next year, I’ll make my anchor chart using the same colors as in my packet . . . (note to self – get your act together!)

shapes and colors offer students a new strategy for learning 2-digit multiplication

I LOVE these C-Line Pocket charts that you can purchase from teacher stores, Wal-Mart, or Amazon. You just tuck the page inside the pocket chart and VOILA! No need to laminate.

You’ll notice a times table chart in another pocket. I find that it’s easy for students to use because they can use the markers to write and erase without the worry of making mistakes.

double-digit multiplication is easier for students to learn with visual organizer and worksheets

Double-Digit Multiplication Organizers and Worksheets

I had a difficult time finding worksheets without regrouping. I feel that learning the process of solving 2-digit multiplication is a very important step for learners. The standard algorithm is difficult enough for beginners to conquer without having to worry about regrouping right away.
shapes and colors offer teachers a visual strategy for teaching 2-digit multiplication to students

Once students are comfortable with multiplying without regrouping, they’re ready to work on regrouping. Hopefully, regrouping goes more smoothly after spending time-solving problems without regrouping, and students are now accustomed to the process of 2-digit multiplication.

students learn to solve 2-digit multiplication with this visual graphic organizer method

Use as many or as few worksheets as your students require. This pack makes it easy to differentiate based on the unique needs of your learners. My students needed extra practice and LOTS of repetition, so five different multiplication with regrouping worksheets are included.

2-digit multiplication organizer offers new strategy for differentiating for students

This packet comes with three different sized graphic organizers.  The first and largest organizer takes up a full page. The picture below shows the page with four organizers, and another organizer page contains nine blank organizers.  These pages are perfect for you (or your students) to make up problems! My students love to make worksheets for each other and be the “teacher”.

teachers love this new strategy for 2-digit multiplication intervention

The sizes, colors, and worksheets make scaffolding a snap!

multiplication feels easier with a new visual strategy for students
After students learn to solve the multiplication problems with and without regrouping, students are ready to tackle problems without the graphic organizer. Two worksheets on graph paper are included to help them transition to independence.
If you also teach division, you’ll LOVE the bundle to save you time!
differentiated set of multiplication and division worksheets and organizers

Want to learn more?

If you’d like to read more about this new multiplication strategy (and division strategies, too!), here are some articles for you to check out:

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