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.
- Make small equal groups, share small amounts equally using a count by ones strategy.
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.
- Begin to group, share, and divide collections and to see a group as one unit.
Relate Addition and Multiplication
Stage C: These children can group, share, and divide collections. They see a group as one unit.
- Use skip counting or repeated addition to find products and dividends.
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.
- Use thinking strategies to multiply (by tens, doubling, repeated addition, turning around)
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)
- Use thinking strategies to divide (by tens, halving, repeated addition or subtraction)
Division Race 1 (divisors 2, 5, 10)
Division Squares (divisors 2, 5, 10)
* For more division centers see the 3rd Grade Number page.