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Multiplication (I can see it)

Learn how to group or isolate numbers, and use zeros to help solve multiplication problems

Contains: 4 versions of the song, lyrics, worksheets, and answer keys in PDF format. Price: $3.99

Using grouping, isolating numbers and working with zeros, this song introduces students to processes and methods used in solving multiplication problems. Worksheets help students visualize how to approach various problems and offer a positive learning experience for solving more challenging problems. The song is suitable for upper elementary ( 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade) and middle school students learning multiplication strategies while enjoying the lyrics and music of Will Amaze.
Chorus
I can see it,
I can see it,
I can see it in my mind every time I multiply
I can see it
I can see it, I see pictures I see digits right in front of my eyes
(x2)

Verse I
When I say three times four or four times three
are you really sure that that's the same thing now,
if you replace the word "times" with "of"
it changes up what we thinking of (ya see, check it out!)

Three of four means three groups of four
four groups of three means one group more
and that would look different if you visualized it
Yo, isn't that kind of surprising?

If you think multiplying as just numbers on a page
then you’re leaving out these important things
multiplying is a concept not just an operation
that's like missing the context of a conversation
multiplying's not making compilations
like adding up a number till you reach your destination
you can get 40 adding five 8 times
or you can learn that 40 is just 8 times 5

Chorus
I can see it,
I can see it,
I can see it in my mind every time I multiply
I can see it
I can see it, I see pictures I see digits right in front of my eyes
(x2)

Verse II
Once you know the times table up to 10 times 10
and you have the products all locked in
you now have the skills to multiply big numbers
so what if we try 2 times 600
2 times 6 just focus on those factors
and when you get the answer just say the hundred after
that's 12 hundred.

Now let's try bigger numbers
even 6000 doesn't leave us encumbered
multiply it by 2 and you get 12000
we can even let the numbers go further outward

What if we tried to multiply 6 billion
times 2, that first number sounds familiar
that's a little less than the world's population
imagine 12 billion on the earth that's crazy
so don't let those zeroes be intimidatin'
just focus on the factors and leave the zeroes waitin'

Chorus
I can see it,
I can see it,
I can see it in my mind every time I multiply
I can see it
I can see it, I see pictures I see digits right in front of my eyes
(x2)

Verse II
Now, what if a number doesn't end in zero
visualize the digits, look at them like a mural
35 times 24 that can work
just isolate the 20 from the 4 first
Now take the 5 and isolate it from the 30
Now we have four different numbers that are working
30 and 5, 20 and 4
that means four combinations, not any more
it doesn't matter where you start

Let's take 30 times 20.
3 times 2 is 6, put the zeroes at the ending,
Now let's multiply the 30 times the 4
that's called distribution, that's 120 more
5 times 20 we're distributing the 5
5 times 4 is the last we multiply
Now add 600, 120, 20, and 100
that gives us 840 and now the problem's done with

Chorus
I can see it,
I can see it,
I can see it in my mind every time I multiply
I can see it
I can see it, I see pictures I see digits right in front of my eyes
(x2)

Resources

Home School Math
This is a good visual interactive worksheet to help students visualize grouping in multiplication. Best for younger students. Requires purchase however.

Games and Interactive sites

funbrain
Site has games for all ages, subjects and ability levels. It has a Gamefinder for Math with some excellent games. MATH BASEBALL has 3 levels and can be challenging. TICTACTOE SQUARES is fairly easy, and teaches strategy as well as single digit multiplication. MATH CAR RACING is probably the most difficult as it relies greatly on a student‟s ability to visualize answers to more than one problem. Single digit multiplication is used, but also negative numbers. A Curriculum guide can help teachers select grade appropriate games.

Math is fun
This site is great to help students memorize times tables. It offers some useful „Tips‟ illustrating number patterns. Also, MATH TRAINER is good for individual use and review as you can select which times table to review and the time frame to do it.

Game Aquariam
Has lots of games for all ability levels, however, some require flash.
IXL.com
This is a great site with a lot of simple games to help students with grouping numbers and adding zeros. Good visuals and especially good for 3rd and 4th graders, older students needing remedial work and visual learners. There are also word problems. An added plus for teachers is their guide to State Standards for all states and 2010 Common Core Standards in Math, and which of their games meet specific criteria.

Sporcle
A lot of fun for older students who need a more sophisticated site to review skills, these games are best for 5th grade and above as they are timed and require excellent recall. One game is a test to fill in a times table chart. Games range from fairly easy to difficult.

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