Friday, March 25, 2022

Free Math Curriculum Lets Build Arrays Unit Early Multiplication

 Let's Build Arrays

A Free Printable Unit for Early Multiplication

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Multiplication. Do you remember being taught the standard algorithm in school?

Your teacher might have told you that multiplying was just like adding a number over and over again (true!). She may then have written all of the multiplication tables on the board and had you memorize them until you could recite each one in seconds. Having that strong grasp of what multiplication really MEANT and LOOKED like didn't take up a whole lot of class time. Or at least that was my 3rd grade experience in the 90s.

Using an array mat to learn about multiplication is such a smart way to teach, and I was so happy to find these for my own kids when I decided to homeschool. In fact, I made this very unit to use with my own youngest daughter next week! I hope you can use it in your homeschool or classroom too!

Every array comes with 12 rows and 12 columns of boxes. This is so that children can learn to multiply up to 12 x 12. You can teach this concept in two ways.

You can write the multiplication equation at the top of the page first, and talk about how multiplying is an easier way of adding things together that are in equal groups. You can then show this by adding a number of dots to so many columns and rows to show the problem visually.

Here's a quick video I made on Instagram showing how:

How to teach multiplication through arrays with my FREEBIE center! Teaching multiplication with array sheets is a great way to give kids a visual mental image of what multiplication MEANS - and it's so easy to prep and use! This freebie comes from my blog ( It includes all the printables shown in these photos. Here is how you can put it to work in your homeschool or classroom: 💫Talk about addition with your students. Ask them if they know an easy way to count equal groups of objects, rather than counting them one by one. 💫Speak about how multiplication is like adding the same amount over and over again, but it makes it easier (and involves a lot less writing) 💫Ask them how we can add (for example) 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3. (We can count, we can skip count by 3s, we can use a number line) 💫Show them your NEW way of adding an amount over and over again using multiplication. Adding 3 five times is the same as the equation 5 x 3. It means we are going to add 3 five times. 💫Show kids how to number the rows on the left of the array. Then add 3 dots to each. "See, we have 5 rows of 3 dots or 3 five times. 5 x 3! 💫Skip count the dots or count them one by one (depending on the stage of your learners) Once you go through this a few times, kids can use the center in small groups, or use the smaller arrays in a math journal or as a worksheet.

I truly hope that you and your kids enjoy this freebie!

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Free Math Curriculum 120 Charts Printables

Free 120 Charts
For Counting, Skip Counting & Number Practice

This is part of a series of math freebies being released on my blog! You can download the rest by going to

Counting, skip counting, and knowing which numbers come before and after a given number are important skills to be mastered in elementary years. If kids learn nothing else, great number sense and counting skills will help them go a long way in upper math levels.When kids know that 91 is one more than 90, then they know how to add. When they realize that 90 is 1 less than 91, they've learned the basics of subtraction. 

These 120 charts can be used in a variety of ways. You can practice counting up to 120, or backward from 120 to 1.

You can practice skip counting within 120 by hiding numbers under mini blocks or erasers.

You can cover some of the numbers on the chart with small objects or color them out with a marker and have kids tell you which number is missing.

All of these are fantastic ways to practice counting.

Free Math Curriculum Fractions Decimals and Percents Center Manipulatives

 Free Fractions Decimals and Percents Manipulatives to Print

This freebie is part of my new freebie page on this blog! I hope you enjoy! You can see the rest of the freebies here or by clicking the menu link above!

This math center is all about getting kids to recognize the connection between fractions, decimals and percentages. 

This concept can be tricky for a lot of kids to master and having strong visuals can really help. Inside this unit you'll find a chart that shows the relation between the three math concepts - it comes in both full-size and quarter-sized posters for classroom or student use. It's also a great addition to math journals!

You'll also get tokens that students can use for adding decimals, fractions, or percentages to make a whole - or to use as a comparison tool.

Project idea
A great project to use these for is printing out multiple copies of a favourite poster or painting your kids love. Then, cut it up (or have them do it) into halves, thirds, quarters, etc. They can then match the fraction, decimal, and percentage pieces to those pieces of the picture. It's a HUGE help for visual learners and a fun math craft for everyone.

Free Math Curriculum Plot the Coordinates and Graphing


Free Plot the Coordinates Math Center
Learn to plot points on a coordinate plane

This freebie is part of my new freebie page on this blog! I hope you enjoy! You can see the rest of the freebies here or by clicking the menu link above!

Welcome to another math freebie!

This one is all about the coordinate plane. Plotting coordinates is an important part of upper elementary and middle school - but it can be taught at any age. In fact, it can even be fun! Making pictures by connecting dots, playing a battleship0type game, or trying to guess someones coordinate cards - you can do all of these with this free math center.

This set comes with some free pre-made coordinate cards, but it also comes with some blank cards so that you or your kids/students can make your own. The idea is to flip over 4 cards and plot them on the graph. But you can use any of the ideas above with this set too! 

Laminating it to use it, again and again, is a great idea, or you can print out a few copies to use in a math journal.

However you use this math center, I hope you and your learners enjoy it!

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