
A student's list of combinations she's still working on 

Breaking apart a number using arrays as a visual 

Breaking apart a number using arrays as a visual   
What we did this week was go through our basic facts and determine which ones we
know quickly, and the ones with which we still need some practice. We made a list of
those we're still working on, and came up with ways to "get" to that answer. For
example, if 12 x 9 is still a struggle, we could think of it as (12 x 6) + (12 x 3).
We made the arrays to go with the problem, which made visualizing the strategy a
little easier.
If a student can visualize breaking apart a number for basic multiplication, it's going to make his life much easier when we get to 2digit by 2digit multiplication. It's
so important for the kids to understand the place value involved in larger multiplication, and learn to make their numbers work for them. Flexibility with numbers is a HUGE concept to grasp, and it has arguably the greatest impact on the success of a mathematician!!!!!!
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