Category Archives: Multiplicative Thinking

not additive thinking, groups must be equal, additive thinking is 3 + 4 (groups are not necessarily equal) but multiplicative thinking requires the groups to be equal e.g. 3 x 4.

Twos and Tens

This video shows you how to teach multiplication simply, using strategies. The only strategies that you must ‘learn’ by heart are doubling and 10 groups all the rest follow on from those.
Single and double digit multiplication are also shown using Multiplicative Thinking Blocks.

Reverse Bingo! A great game to practice multiplication

All students love a game of Bingo! I roll the dice, but this time the students choose where the numbers go, depending on what I roll.  Using either a 6- or 10- sided dice (6-sided dice = 4 in a row or 10-sided dice = 5 in a row) will determine the level of difficulty 🙂 Have fun!

No magic zeroes here!

When children are learning to multiply two digit numbers they are often told about tricks or about magic zeroes appearing! There is no magic – it is the way numbers work. Here’s a quick clip to show you how it can be taught so that children understand.

LAB Linear Algebra Blocks

Decimals can be a tricky topic for students. Here is a short video to show the power of using Linear Algebra Blocks (LAB or Decimal pipes or decipipes) to support your students’ understanding of decimals. I think every classroom should have these readily available for students to use.

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I have also included a video I took many years ago in my classroom to show you how I used my one set of decimal pipes in a “fishbowl” scenario to introduce multiplying decimals.

Using a number slider to divide by 10

An introduction to dividing by 10 using a number slider. The free downloadable template for the number slider can be found at TES resources (UK or Aus) or TPT (teachers pay teachers in the US). This is a great resource for teaching multiplying and dividing by powers of ten. Check out the You Tube clip that I made.

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