I'll come back and work on this later...When I saved the page it changed the alignment of all the numbers. Sorry!

In the mean time, you should just call me with your questions.


Students often have trouble remembering the steps for multiplication. Sometimes they remember steps but forget to "scoot over" the second row of the multiplication because they don't know why they are doing that anyway! For example:
23

x 32
_
46
69 instead of 690 on this row. Have them turn lined paper sideways so the lines make columns for them. Use place value when you multiply:
23
x 32

2x3 6
2x 20 40
30x3 90
30x20 + 600
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736


In this method, they don't have to remember to move the second row over once, the third row two places, and so on. It reinforces the meaning of what they are doing, and the meaning of the placement of numbers in a base 10 number system. Let me know what you think!