Saturday, October 29, 2011

Easy (and FREE) Multiplication Lapbook

As we started our multiplication unit, I wanted my students to create a lapbook. Other multiplication lapbooks I've seen focus on learning the facts and have lots of intricate foldables. Well, I didn't have the patience to help 19 kids create these foldables correctly, so I designed a simpler lapbook. My goal was to have all the basic information about multiplication in one place, especially the academic vocabulary. I also wanted to students to take ownership of the information, so they filled in the pieces with guidance.

First, start with a file folder. I used colored ones to add some fun. Open the file folder up all the way and fold each end into the middle to create a book that opens like barn doors. The title frame glues on the front, students write their name, and decorate the cover in a multiplication theme.




The center of the lapbook is a multiplication chart that the students completed. I used the Multiplication Tables: Blank (0-12) template from Super Teacher Worksheets.



On the left side of the book, students drew a picture illustrating the key action of multiplication (Join Equal Sets), wrote key words that often signify to multiply in a story problem, and looked for patterns in the multiplication chart.



On the right side, the students defined vocabulary words and wrote down strategies to use to figure out the facts.



I am thrilled with how the lapbooks turned out, and the students like to use them. As they have had multiplication assignments, every student is using their lapbook as a reference without even being asked.

And here are the pieces to download for FREE: Easy Multiplication Lapbook

11 comments:

  1. great idea I think I will try this with addition facts for my first graders thanks

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  2. Thanks!!! I am going to use this with my daughter. :)

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  3. We just started our multiplication unit and this will be great to do on Monday! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Yay! Thanks for sharing! My son is going to make one right now and I'm sending a copy to his teacher!

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  5. This is an awesome idea! Thank you!

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  6. My students LOVE lap books...thanks!

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  7. Love using foldables. We finished our place value unit, but the lapbook is a great idea that I will use next year for place value, and I'm already thinking of what units to use it with this year :)

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  8. I would love to make this for addition... very cute!

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  9. LOVE this!! Thank you so much, as always, for sharing!! I love lap books! Happy weekend to you:)

    Good Morning Mrs Rubie

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  10. great idea! If I still taught 3rd grade, I would totally use this...but it's going in my files..just. in. case.

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