My children are so excited about Christmas. It actually started before Thanksgiving, since I try to get a feel for what they’re wanting. (With a large family, I can’t buy all our Christmas presents in one month!) This excitement has only continued as we’ve put up our tree, wrapped presents, and consumed all the sugar. (So much sugar this time of year!)
Despite all the enthusiasm over this festive time of year, we still have some learning that needs to be accomplished. So I’ve been pulling out math games to make the learning more fun. And this double digit multiplication game is just one of the many we will be using. It provides my oldest with double digit multiplication practice, while playing a game. It is a win-win!
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Note: This is a guest post from Rachel at You’ve Got This.
Understanding Double Digit Multiplication:
As much fun as games are, it is important that we provide our students with direct instruction before they begin a game.
Most of us are familiar with the traditional method of teaching, but I want to encourage you to try out some non-traditional methods when working on double digit multiplication. Not every child learns the same, and when we provide different methods of solving a problem, it may be the key that helps them succeed.
My oldest loves the lattice method, but ask him to do a problem in his head…and he solves it through partial products.
Partial Products is simply multiplying using place value.
Take 23 x 45 for example.
You begin by multiplying 20 by 40 and 5. Then you multiply the 3 by the 40 and 5:
20 x 40= 800
20 x 5 = 100
3 x 40 = 120
3 x 5 = 15
Then you add all these partial products together and you get 1,035!
Related: Multi Digit Multiplication with an Area Model | A visual method of multiplication
Double Digit Multiplication Practice Set-Up:
This game is a no-prep game! One of my favorite types of games. 😉
All you need to do is…
- Print off the game board (find a link to my shop at the end) and laminate for extra durability
- Next, gather up a die, game markers, and a calculator.
And that is it. You are ready for your kiddos to get in a little extra double digit multiplication practice.
How to Play the Double Digit Multiplication Game:
I love games that need very little explanation, and this is one of those games.
The directions go like this:
Player one begins by rolling the die and then moving that number of spaces.
Next, player one solves the multiplication problem he landed on. Player two gets to be the checker, and uses the calculator to make sure the answer was solved correctly:
- If player one solved the expression correctly, he gets to stay on the space he landed on
- Unfortunately, if the answer is wrong, he must move back two spaces
Player two now takes a turn to roll the die, move, and then solve the double digit multiplication problem.
Player one gets the joy of checking the answer on the calculator. 😉
The game continues in this way until a player has reached the finished space.
First player to make it to the finish WINS!
After the Game:
Many of us are required to take grades, and this is hard to do with a game. So if you find yourself in a situation where you need a grade for double digit multiplication practice, there are still fun options.
Need practice with single digit multiplication? Grab this low-prep board game set that is played the same way. Includes 3 different skill levels!
Or for a printable board game that includes 3-digit numbers, try this set of multi-digit multiplication games.
And of course, grab this set of double digit multiplication practice free in my shop by clicking the link below. Enjoy!
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