'The array' is a tool that allows students to create arrays to learn their basic multiplication facts.

Teacher notes

  • Students are encouraged to develop mental strategies for multiplication by 'imagining' the use of 'the array'.
  • The notion of commutativity is explored, for example, that 3 x 4 = 4 x 3.

Learning objects

Fraction fiddle picture.

The array
An equation of up to 10 x 10 presented as an equation and in array format. Students work out the answer with the visual support of the array, then supply the answer twice more with progressively less visual support. Students are able to see the work they have done in table format using 'finished facts'. An introduction and tutorial is available. (The printout is currently not available - October 2007.)