Multiplication: x4

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Objective

SWBAT multiply a multi-digit number by 4.

Big Idea

After modeling multiplication facts for 4 using a number line and learning multiplication rhymes, students will multiply multi-digit numbers by 4.

Explanation of Lesson Sequence

The goal of this seven-day Multiplication Kick-Off is to review multiplication facts and to build a deep understanding of why we multiply! These seven lessons provide a gradual learning progression that slowly increases with complexity. You could teach these lessons in the middle of a unit or at the beginning of a Multiplication Unit. I taught these lessons within my Measurement Unit at the beginning of the year. Here's why: I didn't want to wait until my multiplication unit to review multiplication facts and to teach students how to solve a simple algorithm. After teaching these lessons, I could then implement daily fact and algorithm homework practice (1-digit x multi-digits). Here’s the order in which I taught these lessons:

 

Day 1: Monster Bash

The goal of this activity was to help make multiplication understandable, fun, and memorable! I wanted to give students a context to discuss multiplication in the upcoming lessons. Not only that, but students loved creating monster paper plates so student engagement was high! For each of the following lessons, student had their monster paper plates on their desks as a reference and visual aid. This worked! Students continually went back to this monster problem to reason with multiplication.

 

Day 2: Multiplication: x0, x1, x2

1. I started by teaching x0, x1, and x2 as these are the easiest multiplication facts. Many of my students were still mixing up 5 x 0 and 5 x 1. They didn’t truly understand the meaning behind x0 and x1.

2. Students used both a number line on paper and unix cubes to show how to multiply by 0, 1, and 2. The goal was for students to make the connection between repeated addition (something students are very familiar with) and multiplication.

3. To further build number sense and a deeper understanding of multiplication, students analyzed patterns they noticed between counting by ones and counting by twos.

4. Finally, we applied new learning to a simple algorithm. Students grasped this concept quickly and were very successful.

 

Day 3: Multiplication: x4

1. Next, we moved onto x4 facts so that we could build upon previous learning of x2 facts. It’s easier for students to learn their x4 facts when they understand x2 facts. They quickly catch on that 4 x 6 is when you “just take two jumps of 6 and then double it.“

2. Students used both a number line on paper and unfix cubes to show how to multiply by 4. The goal was for students to make the connection between repeated addition (something students are very familiar with) and multiplication.

3. To further build number sense and a deeper understanding of multiplication, students analyzed patterns they noticed between counting by fours and counting by twos.

4. Finally, we applied new learning to a simple algorithm. Again, students grasped this concept quickly and were very successful.

  

Day 4: Multiplication: x3, x6

1. I decided to teach x3 and x6 next as students can use the x3 facts to get to x6 facts. To solve 5 x 6, you can first take five jumps of three (5x3) and then double it to get 5 x 6. For this reason, it’s easier for students to learn x6 facts right alongside x3 facts.

2. Students used both a number line on paper and unix cubes to show how to multiply by 3 and how to multiply by 6. The goal was for students to make the connection between repeated addition (something students are very familiar with) and multiplication.

3. To further build number sense and a deeper understanding of multiplication, students analyzed patterns they noticed between counting by threes and counting by fours. Finally, we applied new learning to a simple algorithm.

4. Again, students grasped this concept quickly and were very successful.

 

Day 5: Multiplication: x10, x5, x9

1. We moved onto x10, x5, and x9. Students discover how to use 10 to better understand x5 and x9 facts. “Times five” is just “half of x 10.” For example, to find 7 x 5, you can “take seven jumps of ten and then split the product in half.” Students also learn that 6 x 9 is the same as “six jumps of ten – six.” For this reason, it’s easier for students to learn x9 and x5 facts alongside x10 facts.

2. Students used both a number line on paper and unix cubes to show how to multiply by 3 and how to multiply by 6. The goal was for students to make the connection between repeated addition (something students are very familiar with) and multiplication.

3. To further build number sense and a deeper understanding of multiplication, students analyzed patterns they noticed between counting by fives and counting by tens as well as counting by nines and counting by tens.

4. Finally, we applied new learning to a simple algorithm. Again, students grasped this concept quickly and were very successful.

 

Day 6: Multiplication: x8

1. Next, students focused on x8 facts. Students discover how to use x4 facts to better understand x8 facts. For example, to find 8 x 5, you can “take five jumps of four and double the prouct.” For this reason, it’s easier for students to learn x8 alongside previously covered x4 facts.

2. Students used both a number line on paper and unix cubes to show how to multiply by 8 and how to multiply by 4. The goal was for students to make the connection between repeated addition (something students are very familiar with) and multiplication.

3. To further build number sense and a deeper understanding of multiplication, students analyzed patterns they noticed between counting by eights and counting by fours.

4. Finally, we applied new learning to a simple algorithm. Again, students grasped this concept quickly and were very successful.

 

Day 7: Multiplication: x7

The final facts that we covered were x7 facts. This is because x7 is the most difficult to connect with other facts. For this reason, it’s easiest if taught last!

2. Students used both a number line on paper and unix cubes to show how to multiply by 7. The goal was for students to make the connection between repeated addition (something students are very familiar with) and multiplication.

3. To further build number sense and a deeper understanding of multiplication, students analyzed patterns they noticed when counting by sevens.

4. Finally, we applied new learning to a simple algorithm. Again, students grasped this concept quickly and were very successful.

Opening Activity

15 minutes

I began by reviewing the Multiplication Vocabulary Poster by making the same hand motions as before. Teacher: Multiplication! Students: Multiplication! Altogether: A fast way (running motion with fists up, elbows bent, and arms moving back and forth) to add the same number over... and... over (Counting on fingers). Then I asked students to Turn & Talk: What is multiplication?

I hung up the student-created rhyme posters that were multiples of four, including posters for a 4 x 7 Rhyme4 x 8 Rhyme, and 4 x 9 Rhyme. I always teach rhymes to help students remember the more difficult multiplication facts. The trick is to practice them often. Otherwise students get words and numbers mixed up, which is counterproductive! 

One by one, we practice the rhymes. Then, I had students quiz each other, "What's the rhyme for 4 x 8? Of course students still looked at the posters once in a while! 

Later on, when students are solving multi-digit multiplication algorithms, they will reflect upon the rhymes to help them remember their facts. 

Teacher & Student Demonstration

30 minutes

Common Core Connection

Often times, students are expected to simply memorize multiplication facts without truly understanding the meaning behind the facts. This lesson engaged students in Math Practice 2: Reason abstractly and quantitatively. I wanted students to "make sense of quantities" using a variety of models (monster plates, hundreds lines, unifix cubes) in order to contextualize abstract equations. 

Number Line Model

I passed out the Hundred Number Line inside the page protectors to each student. A number line is one of the best ways to relate multiplication to counting and build number sense. I asked students to get out their white board markers (thin works best) and erasers. I projected the Hundred Number Line so I could very explicitly provide directions.

Monsters Problem

I also asked students to spread out their Monsters on their desks. This was important as the monster problem provided students with a context for multiplication. Throughout today's lesson, we'll refer to the plates and students will use them once in a while to show their thinking. I reviewed Lucy's Problem Lucy is having a Monster Bash! She wants each guest to get ____ cookies. If she invites ____ friends, how many cookies will she need in all? 

Let's say that Lucy wants to give away 4 cookies to each her guests. How many cookies would she need if 0 monsters came? "Zero!" Then I demonstrated how to take 0 jumps of 1 on the number line and marking where I landed... 0.

How many cookies would Lucy need if she is giving one cookie away and 1 monster comes to the party? "Four!" Then I demonstrated how to take 1 jump of 4 on the number line, marking where I landed... 4. Students followed along, making jumps of four on their own.

Unifix Cubes

To provide students with one more hands-on method to model multiplication, I asked students to model 4 x 0... 4 x 1... 4 x 2... 4 x 3... by counting by fours all the way up to 4 x 10. This was a great way for students to make a concrete model of the number line representation. Later on, students will use their number lines and Unifix cubes to list x4 facts.

Making Connections Between x4 Facts and x2 Facts

I wanted students to observe a pattern between multiplying by two and multiplying by fours, so I asked students to build a Unix cube number line counting by fours up to 20 and a Unifix cube number line counting by twos up to 20. It didn't take long for students students to notice patterns. Students pointed out, "Two jumps of two equal four." "Four is double two." However, we forgot to add these patterns to our Patterns Poster!

Listing x4 Facts

Finally, we made a list of equations for the x4 facts, starting with 4 x 0. I created a turquoise poster: Four Cookies Per Monster Poster. Students created this list in their journals as well. This list will be helpful to students later on when learning how to multiply multi-digit numbers by four.  

Guided Practice

30 minutes

At this point, I began teaching students students the multiplication algorithm. I like to teach the algorithm right alongside multiplication fact review. However, I start off very simple. 

Using the grid side of student white boards (to help line up digits), students followed along. Here's the string of problems that we completed together. At first I modeled, then students completed them with me, and then students solved problems independently. After modeling first few problems, most students caught on quite quickly.

  • 4 x 12
  • 4 x 222
  • 4 x 135
  • 4 x 602
  • 4 x 657
  • 4 x 981

 

Modeling the Algorithm

Explicitly teaching the alogrithm followed by a gradual release of responsibility helps students understand and apply the algorithm successfully. When modeling the algorithm, I used the same words over and over. 

For 4 x 135, I would say:

4 x 5 is 20, write down the zero, carry the two

4 x 3 is 12, plus the one is 2 is 14, write down the four, carry the one

4 x 1 is 4, plus one is 5, write down the five

Comma Placement

If the product resulted in more than three digits, I would then encourage correct comma placement by underlining the first three digits while saying: One, two, three, comma!

Release of Responsibility

As students gradually become more and more independent, I left out words and expected them to fill in the blanks: 

I would say:

4 x ____ is _____, write down the _____, carry the _____

4 x _____ is _____, plus the _____ is _____, write down the _____

4 x _____ is _____, write down the _____

One__________ (underlining the first three digits), _____!

Independent Practice

20 minutes

Before practicing independently, we reviewed the multiplication rhyme posters for 4 once more: 4 x 7, 4 x 8, and 4 x 9. 

I passed out Algorithm x4 to each student. 

During this time, I rotated around the room and asked students to explain their thinking. If I saw a student make a mistake, I tried to give the student time to catch the mistake themselves, or I asked guiding questions: Catching Mistakes.

When students finished, they checked and revised their answers: Completed Student Work.