Conceptualizing Multiplication FREEBIE!

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.

The shift from additive thinking to multiplicative thinking is a monumental leap in mathematical understanding. It’s no wonder, then, that both the CCSSM and Texas TEKS stress concrete and pictorial learning and multiple representations in both 2nd and 3rd grade. Students who are rushed to memorize multiplication facts without understanding the underlying concept of multiplication often struggle to apply multiplication in real-life situations. These are the students who add to solve a multiplication word problem.

Today I have a little Christmas-themed freebie for you with both print and digital versions. The resource features picture cards that help students visualize the meaning of multiplication.




Grab your FREE resource!


  1. Kimberly Brisby

    Thanks I love these.

  2. Amy

    Thank you for sharing!

  3. Robin

    The districts I’ve worked in do not allow Christmas themed curriculum materials. Winter is fine (snowmen, snowflakes, etc.) but not Santa, reindeer, trees, etc. These look like good resources otherwise, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who wouldn’t be able to use them.

    • Donna Boucher

      Great observation, and I totally understand.

  4. Mercedes A Knapp

    Thank you.
    Great resource.


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