Teaching Multiplication By 5

When children start learning multiplication, one of the easiest numbers to start with are the 5s (well, aside from the 10s!) because they have likely already learned how to skip count. Skip counting helps them make the connection between multiples and multiplication.

Five is also a great number to start with because we have nickels that we can use to help our students practice skip counting and making groups (arrays) using a concrete manipulative. What child doesn’t love money?! Grab a bag of nickels and start having your student break them up into groups and skip count to find the total.

Because my class has many students who require visual support to complete math tasks, I like to use three different levels of worksheets. Level 1 uses arrays (rows and columns of objects) to help them visualize multiplication and allow them to count objects to help determine the total.

Level 2 removes the pictures but provides the answers underneath in pieces that can be cut and glued to the right spot. These students may be able to figure out some of the answers but can get the rest by the process of elimination. The cut and glue also provide a more tactile learning experience, as well as working on fine motor skills for students who need to work in this area.

The last level, Level 3, is for students who do not, or no longer, need visual support to practice their multiplication. Within all 3 levels, there is support for almost all students so it’s a great way to see which method works best for your learner. While I use this set in my special education classroom with older students, it would work well for those beginning to learn multiplication as well as English Language learners.

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