Teaching Multiplication Strategies

Arrays, repeated addition, circles and stars, skip counting.

Using Arrays

You can use arrays to teach multiplication. Remember the saying RC cola (R is for rows and C is for columns)

Repeated addition

This strategy is easy...if the problem is 4 X 3...then you will add


3 + 3 + 3 + 3= 12

Circles and stars

The circle is for the first factor and the tallies (stars) are for the second factor. For example, 3 X 2 would be 3 circles with 2 tally marks in each.

Skip Counting

If you are multiplying 3 X 4, then you would say 3, 6, 9, 12 to get the product.