In Math class this year, we have been learning the theory behind multiplication and division. Our goals are:
Understand multiplication by thinking about groups of objects.
Understand division by thinking about how one group can be divided into smaller groups.
Use what we know about multiplication and division to solve word problems.
Find the missing number in a multiplication or division equation.
Use the Commutative Property, Associative Property, and Distributive Property of multiplication.
Find the answer to a division problem by thinking of the missing factor in a multiplication problem.
Multiply and divide easily and quickly because multiplication and division are related.
Solve two-step word problems that involve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
We are focusing on reading-drawing-writing in order to solve problems. This involves drawing equal groups, number bonds, arrays, and tape diagrams. We also are learning how to write multiplication and division number sentences to match our drawings. Using group counting and visual count-bys, we are working on memorizing multiplication facts. Continual exposure to the facts is helpful. Using flash cards and games at home will help. Some good sites for fact practice are listed on my Websites page.
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