Multiplication Rectangles

 Multiplication can be modeled in a variety of ways.  You were probably first introduced to multiplication as a shortcut for repeated addition.  3 + 3 + 3 + 3 can be written at 4 X 3 and thought of as 4 sets or groups of 3.

3x4 rectangle


Another model is to think about multiplication as the area in a rectangle.  A 3 by 4 rectangle contains 12 squares.


Exploring rectangles


The activity for this section explores multiplication rectangles and their connection to factors.  Please click on the worksheet image to download the worksheet, then work through the activity. 



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