Multiply with the Area Model Decomposition Strategy
We are starting to learn new strategies for multiplying large numbers faster and more accurately. One such strategy is by decomposing large numbers using Place Value, and creating an Area Model to help us organize our work.
Four additional pieces of information which we've been practicing in class:
1) I highly encourage students to "touch" each of the smaller problems within the Area Model as they show their written work, (as shown on the Reference Sheet in Boxes 6 and 7). My rationale is that if they touch the work, they will be more likely to include all parts of the problem, and reduce the chance of leaving out necessary information in their work.
2) I also encourage students to do the same with each of the answers within the Area Model, (on their next line of written work), (as also included within Boxes 6 and 7 on the Reference Sheet).
3) I ask that students add the partial answers vertically, using the Standard Algorithm of Addition, so as to reduce risk of errors as they calculate the product of the recomposed, larger multiplication problem.
4) Lastly, I ask that students circle their final answer with the original problem. This will make it very clear to the reader that that information is their final answer to the problem.