Area Models are one of the best visual tools you can use with your kids to help them conceptually grasp how to multiply two-digit numbers.

By creating an area model and using it to perform multiplication, your kids are actively engaged and mathematically thinking (instead of relying on memorized procedures or using a calculator).

If you are looking to teach your kids how to create and use area models to multiply two-digit numbers and solve word problems, you can start with my latest YouTube video, which explores a real-world scenario involving area models.

Learning Standard: 4th Grade Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Multiply or divide to solve word problems involving multiplicative comparison, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem, distinguishing multiplicative comparison from additive comparison.

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By Anthony Persico


Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.