We began building arrays with blocks, learned how to talk about our arrays, draw them, flip them ( 3 groups of 7 and 7 groups of 7 have the same product!) then solve them .
This visual representation helps students understand multiplication concepts. These visual arrangements all have something in common and we can expand on the idea as the year progresses into many different math concepts ( division, fractions, area, perimeter etc.)
Next , the students were asked to solve the array using repeated addition or simple multiplication sentence. Finally, they began drawing their own arrays in math groups that they could build to solve if needed.
Many Ahh Haaa moments! We are such the visual group this year!