Array card layout
Learners use counters or cards to build as many different arrays as possible in order to understand multiplication
Understand multiplication through building arrays
- Counters or Playing Cards
- Scrap paper
Note: Playing Cards can be hand made using paper.
How to play:
- Divide counters into piles of 12.
- Learners works in pairs
- Remind learners about the structure of an array: a visual representation of a multiplication fact. For example 3 rows of 4 blocks each is a representation of 3×4.
- Learners must build as many different arrays as possible with ALL of their 12 counters
- After building each array, they must write down the number of rows and columns the array has, and the total number of each array. In our example of 3×4, the answer would be 12.
- After all the arrays made with the 12 counters have been explored, and if there is time, split the counters into piles of 18, 24, 36 and repeat.
- Use a pack of playing cards and divide them into piles of 12. Then follow the rest of the steps above.