Multiplication and Division Centers






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.

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.
POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES:
Two Equal Groups
Three Equal Groups

Two 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.
POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES:
Relate Addition and Multiplication
Counting Collections

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 multiplication centers 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 Race 1 (divisors 2, 5, 10)

Division Squares (divisors 2,5,10)
* For more division centers see the 
3rd Grade Number page.





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