Dominoes Multiplication/Division Fact Families

Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

Third grade is such a critical year for developing the concepts of multiplication and division. It’s important that students get lots of concrete experience making equal groups and representing them with multiplication number sentences.

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This little freebie using dominoes combines a pictorial representation with fact families to provide students with meaningful practice. It’s a great follow-up activity for students who have been working with concrete objects to create equal groups and arrays. Grab yours here.

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14 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    can’t get it!

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    • Donna Boucher

      What type of error are you getting? Maybe Google Docs is being glitchy.

      Reply
    • Anonymous

      i can`t get it either. i feel you`re pain bro

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    • Donna Boucher

      Thanks for letting me know, Barbara!

      Reply
  2. TheElementary MathManiac

    Love the many uses of dominoes!

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    • Donna Boucher

      Dominoes are just a nice change of pace from number cubes, right? 🙂

      Reply
  3. Shannon Burns

    How would you use his with the kids? Would you have them do one for, say, the three times table, or are they simply drawing random dominoes and doing several different ones?

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    • Donna Boucher

      I think you could do either, Shannon. You could put only certain dominoes in the workstation if you wanted students to practice a specific table, for example only dominoes with 3s, or you could have them pull random dominoes.

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  4. Anonymous

    how do you play this game???!!!

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  5. Anonymous

    i think i might get it now. XD

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  6. Angela Nuxoll

    I am excited to use this with my class. Since I can access dominoes on my Smartboard, we will do one together first. Then, I will let them have fun! Since I have limited dominoes, I was going to try to have some of them do the same concept, except roll dice to get the two numbers.

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  7. Kim Murphy

    Donna, How would you go about introducing multiplication and division to Texas 2nd graders without technology? We are sending home paper packets and are asked to teach new material without the use of technology. Please help!

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    • Donna Boucher

      I would suggest contextual situations and have them act out the problems with whatever they can use for counters (dried beans, pasta shapes, etc.). You want them to have concrete experiences of what multiplication means.

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