Teaching multi-digit multiplication is a major component of fourth grade math. Before teaching this unit there are many concepts that are essential for student success. You can read more about those lessons here. You can think of those lessons as transitional lessons that aren't

## Lessons to Teach BEFORE Introducing Multi-Digit Multiplication

Most curriculums and textbooks make a lot of assumptions. That's especially true in math. For instance, in fourth grade, students jump right in to multiplying a 4-digit number by a one-digit whole number and then multiplying 2-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers. Years of experience

## Multiplication as a Comparison

Teaching multiplication as a comparison is the second portion of my multiplication unit. I begin the unit by teaching factors and multiples which you can read about here. You can certainly switch the lessons around and begin with multiplication as a comparison,

## Teaching Factors and Multiples

I have decided that teaching factors and multiples is not for the faint of heart. In fact, I think it is one of the most challenging concept I teach.
However, we can't skip those lessons. Hopefully as we teach factors and multiples, students will develop more efficient

## Introducing Multiplication

Introducing multiplication is one of the most important parts of third grade math. This sets the stage for almost all other math concepts, and it is critical that students develop a deep and authentic understanding of multiplication.
One easy mistake to make is to rush right

## 5 Mistakes I Made Teaching Math

You'll never see me pretend to be the perfect teacher or to act as if I have it all figured out. Typically, anyone who alludes to those claims isn't actually teaching!
You also won't see me assert that there is only one right way to teach. I can't pretend to know the needs of

## 5 Ways to Increase Engagement in Math

I still remember ever so lightly writing “I hate math” on my math textbook. In pencil. Naturally, I immediately erased it, but the feeling didn’t change. I wasn’t bad at math. But, it was boring and pointless to me. In fact, when I started teaching, math was my least favorite

## Digital Math Manipulatives

There are so many great options for using digital math manipulatives. However, once school started I quickly realized that while I had access to great digital manipulatives, I wasn't quite sure how I wanted to use them. We all know the importance of using math manipulatives in

## Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division Word Problems

It’s no secret that addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division word problems present a considerable challenge to students. Students often rush through word problems and immediately try to find an answer, rather than thinking about the meaning of the problem. Students see

## Developing Number Sense Through Math Centers

Most upper elementary teachers notice a lack of number sense in their students, and that lack of number sense makes high levels of math extremely difficult for children. We've all seen the blank stares when students are not able to grasp or connect to the concept we're teaching.

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