# Multiplication Games

Multiplication games that will teach your child to:

Understand and explain the "Communitive Property" of multiplication.

Often, it is not evident to children that the order in which the numbers of a multiplication sentence does not change the solution.

For example, at first children are not aware that 5 groups of 9 and 9 groups of 5 are the same. One method that can be used to help children see this property is the use of arrays. (math researcher, Van de Walle and Folk 130).

Array: In math, an array is an orderly arrangement, often in rows, columns or a matrix. Arrays are used in multiplication and division as it shows a great visual to show how multiplication can be shown as repeated addition and division can be shown as fair shares.

Share the following chart with your child:

The power in knowing about the communitative property is being able to point it out to your child.

The grocery store demsontrates a wealth of the communitative property of multiplication. Point it out  when your shopping that you can look at arrays in two ways:

6 pack of soda :2 groups of 3 or 3 groups of 2

Eggs: 2 groups of 6 or 6 groups of 2

Many things in the bakery section of the grocery store comes in arrays.

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