### Equal Groups Multiplication Activities

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Hey Teachers let’s dive into some awesome **Equal Groups Multiplication Activities** for your primary school classroom!

Multiplication can be a challenging topic for some students, but using hands-on activities can make learning more engaging and memorable.

These methods are perfect for early years students who are just starting to learn about multiplication.

## Introducing Equal Groups Of Method Of Multiplication

First, let’s talk about the “groups of” method. This method involves creating equal groups of objects, and then counting how many objects are in each group.

For example, if you have 4 groups of 3 apples, you can write it as “4 groups of 3” or 4 x 3. This method helps students understand that multiplication is just a way of counting groups of objects.

Another way to introduce multiplication is through the repeated addition strategy. which goes hand in hand with groups of.

This method involves adding the same number repeatedly to find the total. For example, if you have 3 groups of 4 apples, you can write it as “4 + 4 + 4” or 3 x 4.

This method helps students understand that multiplication is just a shortcut for repeated addition.

Next, I give the students a problem like 4 x 2 and ask them to solve it using the groups of method. I say something like, “Let’s start by grouping 4 objects into sets of 2. How many sets do we need to make?” I then have the students use manipulatives to physically group the objects into sets and count how many sets they made. This helps them visualize the concept of equal groups and how they relate to multiplication.

## Hands-on Ideas For Groups Of Multiplication

To reinforce the concept of using equal groups for multiplication, I like to use fun and engaging hands-on activities in the classroom. Here are some of my favourites:

1. Playdough multiplication: Have students use play dough to make equal groups and then count the total number of objects to find the product.

2. Grouping objects: Have students use manipulatives like buttons or beads to physically group objects into equal sets and then write the repeated addition or multiplication sentence.

3. Skip counting: Have students practice skip counting by 2s, 3s, 4s, etc. to reinforce the concept of equal groups, using money for this one is a great idea!

4. Groups of hopscotch: Draw a hopscotch board with Groups of problems in each square. Have students solve the problem before hopping to the next square.

5. Roll and Make: Have students roll a pair of dice and then make that into groups of . E.g. roll 2 & 6 so the student makes two groups of 6.

Using these fun and engaging activities, along with the groups of method and repeated addition strategy, is the perfect way to introduce students to multiplication.

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Happy teaching!

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