Grade Levels: 3-5

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Multi-Digit Multiplication, and supports the standard of multiplying two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display a box of crayons with 12 or more crayons, like this one:

Prompt students to share how they might represent how many crayons would be in 12 boxes of crayons in different ways, such as with a numerical expression or a drawing like an array. Ask:

  • How can a representation help you solve this problem?

Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Assign Multi-Digit Multiplication Challenge and Quiz, prompting students to apply essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND

Students express what they learned about multi-digit multiplication while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a tutorial explaining how to use an area model or the standard algorithm to solve for how many crayons are in 12 boxes that each contain 48. 
  • Make-a-Map: Create a concept map sequencing the steps to solve for the product of 48 and 12 using either an area model or the standard algorithm.
  • Creative Coding: Code a math problem that involves multiplying two two-digit numbers. Challenge a classmate to solve. 

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