In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about multiplication, division, and arrays. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Arrays topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching About Arrays
An Array of Arrays
Give bags of counters, beans, coins, or other small objects to small groups or partners. Have them arrange the objects into equal groups and discuss different ways to organize the same number of objects. Remind students that the groups should have equal numbers of objects. Have students draw their different arrangements and practice counting the groups. Help students write multiplication or addition number sentences to go with each arrangement to calculate the total.
Egg Carton Counting
Have students work in small groups and give each group a half-dozen egg carton. Have one student put beans or counters in each section of the carton. Remind the student to put in the same number of beans or counters in each section. Then have the other students in the group count to find the total number. Have students discuss different strategies to count, such as counting on, skip-counting, or making an addition or multiplication sentence. Have students write down and compare their answers. Allow each student in the group an opportunity to fill the egg carton.
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching Arrays
Arrays at the Market
Take a trip to the grocery store with your child. Help your child find different examples of arrays and count them. For example, you can point out a dozen eggs, half-dozen tray of muffins, or bunches of flowers. Help your child identify the number of objects in each group and the total number of groups. Then help him or her count groups to find the total number of objects.
Ways to Make Six
Give your child six pieces of small fruit, such as berries, plums, or apricots. Then have your child group the fruit in different ways, making sure that each group has the same number of pieces. Your child may want to make 1 group of 6 pieces, 2 groups of 3 pieces each, etc. After your child makes equal groups