Originally Posted by Ryan O.
I'm wanting to reinforce multiplying two-digit numbers with my fourth grade students. It's just not "sinking" in. They do great in their math centers but when it comes time to take a quiz or a test their minds run blank. Could anyone offer some creative ideas on how to teach the concept? Any tips or tricks? Thanks!!!
Do they seem to have the 'long' part of it down in the centers? Better put in this problem 24X32 do they understand that after completing 2x4 and 2x2, then they must move to 3x4 and 3x2? Maybe another walk through would be in order, have the kids guide you through a problem on the board (or carpet or whatever group method you use). Also are the problems you give them in centers similar to those on the test? I would assume your tests are very much just 'solve for the answer' but perhaps your center questions are not. Maybe combine using both real world examples and straight forward math in both centers and the test.
Hope that helps, best I can do as a pre-service teacher.