A deep understanding of the meaning of multiplication is necessary for comprehending word problems. I enjoy teaching multiplication in a hands-on way using blocks or other manipulatives. Then, I progress to the visual form of what multiplication means.
Above is a wall chart that I created when I began teaching students about multiplication.
I created task cards that teach and review multiplication to extend the review. This set of task card also comes with a printable box to make using them as a math center station or as a take-home activity even easier. Click Here to Access the Task Cards