This mini-unit has 6 lessons to help students transition from basic multiplication concepts to fact fluency. Each lesson provides multiple opportunities for students to investigate number patterns, practice skip counting, and work with times tables.
Lesson 1: Multiplying 2s, 5s, & 10s
The first lesson builds on work done in 2nd grade skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s. Students use the most familiar multiplication facts to begin building the strong computation skills needed as problem solving demands become more rigorous.
Lesson 2: Multiplying 2s, 3s, & 4s
In Lesson 2, students will continue to develop fact fluency, think about number patterns, and practice, practice, practice! With interactive lessons, hands-on work with task cards, and independent work that is both relevant and developmentally appropriate, students will be set up for success using these thoughtfully constructed materials.
Lesson 3: Multiplying 3s & 6s
In Lesson 3, students have another opportunity to work with the 3s facts while studying the impact of multiplying odd factors. The relationship between the 3s facts and 6s facts is explored to provide students with more strategies to solve multiplication problems as the factors start to get bigger.
Lesson 4: Multiplying with 4s & 8s
Following the same, consistent routines, Lesson 4 works to highlight the relationship between multiplying 4s and 8s. Students should be committing several sets of facts to memory at this point, leaving plenty of cognitive space to dive deep into working with larger factors like the 8s.
Lesson 5: Multiplying with 7s & 9s
Let’s face it, the 7s and 9s times tables are hard! Lesson 5 provides plenty of practice, more word with odd factors and number patterns, and activities that will get students engaged in their learning process.
Lesson 6: Multiplying with Zero and 1
After working with the rigorous 6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s, Lesson 6 will be a breeze! Students do need to learn the important properties of multiplying by zero and 1 and will have even more tools in their strategy toolbox as they wrap up their essential facts mini-unit.