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.