# Array card layout

Concept:

Description:

Number Range:

Materials Needed:

Players:

Learners use counters or cards to build as many different arrays as possible in order to understand multiplication

**Purpose**

Understand multiplication through building arrays

**Materials**

- Counters or Playing Cards
- Scrap paper
- Pen/Pencils

**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.

**Variation:**

- Use a pack of playing cards and divide them into piles of 12. Then follow the rest of the steps above.