Recently my eldest has come home with some maths homework and one of the problems on the sets has been a number fact using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – similar to 1×3=3×1 is this true or false and he has sat puzzling over it not quite understanding what they are asking. So for this weeks 2nd Grade bloggers theme of Acorns we’ve got a FREE downloadable acorn printable that you can use in these Acorn Arrays to help develop some number facts around multiplication.

FREE printable fall themed resource for working on building number facts. Ideal for understanding that multiplication of two numbers can be done either way

Materials Needed

Download and Print page 2 of the Acorn Sheet when you sign up for our Hands-on Activities News Letter or you could use real acorns if you have these available.

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Learning Objectives

  • Solve problems involving multiplication using materials, arrays, repeated addition
  • Show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative)
Help children to represent this multiplication two numbers in any order using our DIY Maths Fact Family Triangles to support understand this further.

Preparation

Download and print the acorn sheet (page 2)

Cut up the acorns – 100 are provided for your use on page 2

Building Number Facts with Acorn Arrays

We are working on 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8 times tables with my eldest – although in Year 2 he only needs to know 2, 5 and 10 he has mastered these as has memorised them and can apply to different situations without understanding the number facts behind them. Using the acorns, we’re able to build up the number fact knowledge for the 3 and 4 times tables.

FREE printable fall themed resource for working on building number facts. Ideal for understanding that multiplication of two numbers can be done either way

I started off by laying out a single row of 3 acorns – and besides it, we wrote 1 x 3 = 3

FREE printable fall themed resource for working on building number facts. Ideal for understanding that multiplication of two numbers can be done either way

Then on another piece of paper we laid out 3 rows of 1 acorn and we wrote 3 x 1 = 3.

FREE printable fall themed resource for working on building number facts. Ideal for understanding that multiplication of two numbers can be done either way

We then repeated this for 2 rows of 3 acorns and 3 rows with 2 columns showing how the same number of acorns could be manipulated in the arrays to form the two different versions of the multiplication.

FREE printable fall themed resource for working on building number facts. Ideal for understanding that multiplication of two numbers can be done either way

We worked through the different 3 times table and then progressed to the 4.

FREE printable fall themed resource for working on building number facts. Ideal for understanding that multiplication of two numbers can be done either way

This is a great way for kinesthetic learners to understand that multiplication can happen in any order and also will help visual learners to remember the patterns.

More Acorn, Squirrel, Nut themed activities for 2nd-grade learning

Check out these other ideas for 2nd-grade learning from the team.

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Acorn Gratitude Banner from Creative Family Fun

How to Teach Vocabulary Words to a Hands-On Learner from Sugar Aunts

FREE printable fall themed resource for working on building number facts. Ideal for understanding that multiplication of two numbers can be done either way

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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