Series Math Routines with Kristin Gray: Fourth Grade: Multiplication Number Talk: Fourth and Fifth Grade


Common core State Standards

  • Math:  Math
  • 4:  Grade 4
  • NBT:  Number & Operations in Base Ten
  • B:  Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic
  • 5: 
    Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.

    Grade 4 expectations in this domain are limited to whole numbers less than or equal to 1,000,000.

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Multiplication Number Talk: Fourth and Fifth Grade

Grades 4-5 / Math / Tch DIY
18 MIN


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Number Talks encourage students to think flexibly about the operations and their properties as they solve problems mentally.

Discussion and Supporting Materials


  • Private message to Victoria Jones

It is so important to learn different strategies to solve a problem. I loved how the Ss could name the strategies...I try to encourage this in my 3rd grade classroom. Multiplication is tough for some at this age, however, once they learn the different stategies they are not as intimidated! Great video!!! Awesome teacher & students! 

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  • Private message to Jazmilette Velasquez
I loved this video and how the teacher encouraged the students to give her more strategies and explain themselves.I will definitely be doing this with my class.
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  • Private message to Annie Zajbel
I really liked how the teacher asked the students to write their favorite strategy in their journals. I hope to use this in my future classroom. Great job!
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  • Private message to Dorothy Sharpe
This number talk was very interesting. The students came up with several strategies on how to get the product. I think it is good to know different strategies for getting the answer to math problems. Then you can choose the best solution for you to use. I have done this in my groups. Most students like the traditional way o multiplication while some prefer other methods. It is smart to know several strategies. Great work.
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  • Private message to Pranav Vishnu
Great idea. This will help allot to spend sometime with kid about specific topic. Are these strategies aligned with local school curriculum. Sometime kids taught in different way. Pl advice.
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Shields (Richard A.) Elementary School
910 Shields Avenue
Lewes DE 19958
Population: 723

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Kristin Gray
Math / Kindergarten 1 2 3 4 5 / Teacher


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