This page provides examples of math center activities aligned with the Early Childhood Assessment in Mathematics (Board of Education of the City of New York, 2001; State Education Department) continuum for multiplication and division. These activities can be used by teachers or parents to support students' progress within a stage, or to promote movement to the next stage, on the continuum.

For more information on using these centers in your classroom visit the **ECAM Centers** page. For more examples of math centers aligned with the Early Childhood Assessment in Mathematics see the following pages:

**Stage A:** These children are not yet successful in making equal groups and sharing to find products or dividends.

Next Steps:

- Make small equal groups, share small amounts equally using a count by ones strategy.

Two Equal GroupsThree Equal GroupsTwo Equal Shares Three Equal Shares |

**Stage B:** These children can make small equal groups, and share small amounts equally using a count by ones strategy.

Next Steps:

- Begin to group, share, and divide collections and to see a group as one unit.

**Stage C:** These children can group, share, and divide collections. They see a group as one unit.

Next Steps:

- Use skip counting or repeated addition to find products and dividends.

**POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES:**Building Arrays

Array Picture Cards

* See ECAM Counting page Stages D and E for

activities to develop skip counting skills.

**Stage D:** These children use skip counting or repeated addition to find products and dividends.

Next Steps:

- Use thinking strategies to multiply (by tens, doubling, repeated addition, turning around)

**POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES:**Word Problems: Arrays (Set 1)

Multiplication Bump (x2 - x5)

Multiples Game (x2 - x 5)

Multiplication Four in a Row (x1,2,5,10)

I Have ... Who Has? (x2 & x5)

I Have ... Who Has (x2 & x10)

* For more center activities to develop multiplication skills see

the 3rd Grade Number page.

**Stage E:** These children use thinking strategies to multiply (by tens, doubling, repeated addition, turning around)

Next Steps:

- Use thinking strategies to divide (by tens, halving, repeated addition or subtraction)

**POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES:**

Division Squares

* For more games and activities to develop division skills see

the 3rd Grade Number page.

**More Multiplication and Division Resources**