Friday, June 13, 2014

The Different Types of Multiplication Problems

On the surface, math appears to be one of those types of topics that some people "get" and other people don't.  Part of the difficulty is in the fact that there are so many subtopics within a math topic.  A student that gets one math word problem correct might struggle with the next math problem that is on the same worksheet.  A lot of this has to do with the fact that word problems are not often organized by their subtopics (rate, comparison, groupings, etc.).

Another reason for word problem difficulties is that students might see one type of word problem all of the time and not another. I wanted to share this chart with everyone to use as a guide for use with students.  When students see that multiplication can be presented in multiple ways, this often helps them better comprehend word problems.

Each type of multiplication problem on the chart has an example, diagram, and equation to accompany it.

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  1. Wish my now-6th grade stepson had had this 2 yrs ago... Maybe it's not too late... Thanks so much!

  2. Thank you for the feedback. I think it will make it helpful for word problems he will encounter in algebra 1 as well as in science class. Knowing the different ways of how math concepts could be presented is so helpful.