Happy December Fourth grade families!
Here are some videos to help you better understand some of the strategies your children will be learning to multiply larger numbers. The traditional algorithm (the formula we all memorized and used) will be taught after there is conceptual understanding of what is actually happening when we multiply.
Click each of the links below to view a video demonstration
Array/open array strategy
Distributive property strategy for multiplying
Partial products strategy for multiplying: (The EES fourth grade teaches this strategy but multiplies from right to left so it looks more like the traditional algorithm.) This will help the transition when they do learn the traditional algorithm.