My Shape Math™ Multiplication & Long Division Strategies:
There’s no magical, easy fix for teaching students how to solve 2-Digit x 2-Digit Multiplication and Long Division problems. If I had that magic, I’d be a BILLIONAIRE!
I’m not a billionaire or a millionaire, but I DO have a unique strategy for teaching 2-Digit Multiplication and Long Division that I haven’t seen anywhere else. I’ve been using it in my classroom for years and years, and I’ve received some FANTASTIC feedback from other teachers about their successes!
The Shape Multiplication™ and Shape Division™ methods use shapes and colors to help students remembers the sequence of steps. Students are guided through the problems until they become comfortable enough with the process to stop using the organizer. It’s a very visual process that works for many students – especially the strugglers!
The organizers look like this for multiplication:
And this for division:
How I Explicitly Teach these strategies:
Shape Math™ Uses Colors & Shapes for Differentiation:
Anchor Charts in the Classroom:
Fun Ways to Practice Multiplication & Division
If you aren’t already using Xtramath.org, you need to head to that website ASAP! Xtramath is a math fluency program that helps students master addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Really, it’s FREE and it’s helpful for students. You can even sign up to receive free weekly reports sent directly to your email! My students typically spend the first five minutes of class warming up on Xtramath.org. (By the way, I’m not getting paid to promote xtramath.org, just in case you were wondering!☺)
For more about how I use Xtramath.org in my classroom, head to this blog post: Xtramath.org in Caffeine Queen Teacher’s Classroom.
Games & Task Cards
Task cards can be used in so many different ways. They’re great for stations/rotations, games, scavenger hunts, entry and exit tickets, SCOOT, – you get the idea! I like to use them along with games. That’s such an easy way to really add fun to learning in a “sneaky” way. Students think they’re just playing a game, but they have to earn their turn by solving a math problem. In my classroom, all of the students involved in playing the game must solve the problem, then they compare answers (or check it with the answer key) to make sure that players really earn their turns. Any game can be used.
Any game can be converted to a learning game just by adding task cards. Students all work at solving the task card problem, then they check each other’s work before someone earns a turn. Most of my students are independent as they work through the games. The only issue I have, is that they often are unable to finish the game because it takes them longer during their turns (as they solve task cards). If you have the space, you could allow students to leave games set up so they can return to them at a later time.
Centers, Stations, & Rotations
Multiplication and Long Division Resources:
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