Good morning Year Two! Today we are going to be practising our multiplication word problem strategies!
Let’s look at this multiplication word problem and think about what strategies we could use to work it out:
I have 3 bags. There are 5 pennies in each bag. How many pennies do I have altogether?
Strategy one: Using our times table knowledge! We can count up in our 5’s on our fingers (because we there are 5 pennies in each bag) until we get to our third finger (because there are 3 bags).
Strategy two: Drawing our groups! Remember multiplication means GROUPS OF. That means we can work the problem out by drawing 3 groups (big circles or bags) with 5 dots (pennies) in each one. We can then count up in our 5’s to get our total!
Strategy 3: Arrays!
The first bag has 5 pennies so draw the 5 pennies in a line. The second bag also has 5 pennies so draw a second line of 5 pennies. The third bag also has 5 pennies so draw a third line of 5 pennies. Now instead of counting all the pennies individually, you could work out the answer by counting each line in 5s to find our answer!
Now it’s your turn! Work out these multiplication word problems using any strategy you like, you can challenge yourself by using a different strategy to check your work!
Challenge! See how quickly you can tackle these multiplication word problems online: https://uk.ixl.com/math/year-2/multiplication-word-problems