Grade Levels: K-3

These classroom activities are designed to complement the Multiplying by 0 or 1 topic on BrainPOP Jr.

Bean Bags
Divide students into small groups and provide each group with clear plastic baggies and small counters, such as blocks or dried beans. Then write multiplication sentences with 0 or 1 on the board, such as 3 x 1 = __ or 10 x 1 = __. Have students use the baggies and beans to solve the number sentences. Then have one group member put a different number of beans into the baggies and challenge the other group members to come up with the number sentence.


On index cards, write a multiplication sentence, such as 3 x 0 = __. On another card, write its related addition sentence, such as 0 + 0 + 0 = __. Give an index card to each student and have everyone mingle around the room to find their related partner. Then have the partners solve the number sentences together. You can repeat this activity several times so children get an opportunity to solve different sentences. You may wish to have students make more pairs of cards by writing addition and multiplication sentences they create on their own.