Multiplication and division by powers of ten (10, 100, 1000, etc.)

New Zealand Curriculum: Level 3

Learning Progression Frameworks: Multiplicative thinking, Signpost 4 to Signpost 5

Target students

These activities are intended for students who understand multiplication as the repeated addition of equal sets, and who have some knowledge of basic multiplication facts. Students should also have an existing understanding of whole number place value, preferably to six places.

The following diagnostic questions indicate students’ understanding of, and ability to apply, multiplication and division by powers of ten to whole numbers. The questions are given in order of complexity.  If the student answers a question confidently and with understanding proceed to the next question.  If not, then use the supporting activities to build and strengthen their fluency and understanding. Allow access to pencils and paper but not to a calculator unless stated. (show diagnostic questions)

Teaching activities