Explain that with partial products multiplication you put the numbers one under the other. Next you can multiply the numbers by calculating from left to right. Explain that you put the largest number of the problem on top and the other number underneath that. With partial products multiplication you work from left to right. So you start by multiplying the tens numbers together. After that you multiply the lower tens number with the ones number on top. Next you multiply the lower right ones number with the upper left tens number. And then you multiply the ones numbers. You put all these outcomes in the chart and state the intermediate problems. If you add up the numbers in the chart, you get your answer. You put this answer at the bottom of the chart. Next there are multiplication problems in a chart, each one of which with a different row marked in yellow. Ask the students if they know which intermediate problem belongs with each of the colored rows. This is how you can check if the students know which steps they must take. After this you explain that if you have a problem in which you must multiply by 0, you don't have to write down the answer. When you multiply by 0 the answer is always 0. Next you show a chart, for which the intermediate steps must be filled in. Have the students write down these numbers and hold them up, so that you can check them. Then, practice partial products multiplication with two problems, of which one has the chart already filled in. The other chart still needs to be filled in.
Check whether the students can multiply with partial products by asking the following questions:
- Why is it useful to be able to multiply with partial products?
- What do the letters T H T O mean?
- Where do you always start when multiplying partial products?
- Solve this problem using partial products: 38 × 69