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Multiplication As Repeated Addition Lesson Plan {FREE Download}

Multiplication As Repeated Addition Lesson Plan {FREE Download}

This Hands-On Multiplication as repeated addition lesson plan is perfect for your math rotations for grade 1 and grade 2 students. Your kids will love these fun math printables & Teachers will love the Free lesson plan for teaching early multiplication, arrays & groups.


If you want to help your kids with multiplication and are wondering how to introduce it then you’re in the right place!

According to research, the best way to introduce multiplication is to start by teaching your kids the repeated addition strategy. To help you we have put together a Multiplication as repeated addition lesson plan and printables to get you and your kids started. (It’s at the end of this post).


Related Post: The Guide To Teaching Multiplication


How To Introduce Multiplication


Technically repeated addition isn’t multiplication. It is actually an additive strategy but it is perfect for introducing kids to multiplication because  it builds on, the previously taught, addition strategy.

Multiplication and repeated addition go hand in hand and make learning so much easier. So if your students are struggling to grasp it then they probably need more time on addition.

Without solid additive understanding students cannot transition successfully into repeated addition and multiplication.


Using the repeated addition process helps kids build the language for multiplication. So give your students plenty of opportunities to use and connect the language of multiplication. They will need hands-on activities that encourage the following ideas:

  • 4 books in a plie, 3 piles, that’s 12 books altogether
  • 3 piles of 4 books means there’s 12 books
  • 3 groups of 4 makes 12 so that’s the same as 4 + 4 + 4 = 12


Multiple opportunities to investigate and explore materials in  this type of activity leads students to naturally develop multiplicative thinking. If encouraged to talk about their learning, kids will also develop the language needed for sound multiplicative understanding.

Teaching students repeated addition before arrays, groups of, and multiplication is the difference between a struggling student and a successful one!


Related Post: Top Tips For Teaching Repeated Addition


Multiplication As Repeated Addition Lesson Plan

Our FREE Lesson plan is an editable PDF that you can change or adapt or use as is. You will need Adobe Reader DC (FREE) to edit it.  The lesson plan includes:

Multiplication As Repeated Addition Learning Intentions & Success Criteria

  • WALT Outcomes – We Are Leaning Today:
    • Which numbers to add over and over
    • When to stop adding
    • Use materials, drawings, or number lines to find a solution
    • Test the solution works
  • WILT Outcomes -What I Learnt Today:
    • Students explain or show how to use repeated addition to solve problems



Teaching Focus For Multiplication As Repeated Addition Lesson Plan

Use materials to represent multiplication as:

    • repeated addition problems and explain using appropriate language (see above)
    • ‘groups of’ problems and explain reasoning
    • array problems and explain reasoning

Multiplication Lesson Plan




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Activities And Printables For Multiplication As Repeated Addition Lesson Plan

Do-A-Dot Repeated Addition Printable. This Repeated Addition As Multiplication Printable is editable so you can create your own number problems for students. You will need the latest version of ADOBE READER DC (FREE) to edit it.

I like to use do-a-dot markers or q tips & paint for this one. The students physically act out the repeated addition sum needed to solve the problem by creating the right number of dots in the right number of rows.


Repeated Addition Free Printable


Brickmath Printable

This bric math printable is a hit with any lego mad kids! Students roll a dice to generate the number of groups and how many in each group. Next they select a brick to show it. They write the matching repeated addition number sentence and count everything up to find out how many altogether.

Lego Arrays




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Googly Eye Printable

This googly eye printable is also included for free in the multiplication lesson plan. It can be used in a math center if laminated or it looks great as a finished piece of student work displayed in the classroom.  Students are given an array statement by the teacher and collect the correct amount of googly eyes. they arrange them into the matching number of rows.

Muffin Tin Arrays

Grab a muffin pan, a chocolate box or some ice cube trays and a pack of multiplication flash cards for this very simple multiplication as repeated addition activity. Students can work with a partner or a small group. They take turns to turn over a flash card and make the array using mini erasers, gems or counters, to match. Great fun!


Multiplication with a muffin tin

Repeated Addition Thinkboard

We just love using a thinkboard with kids. They are a really awesome strategy for helping to find out what kids know and don’t know about almost any topic. We have so many on our website! Our FREE repeated addition thinkboards are excellent and will help your students with  Arrays, ‘Groups Of’ and Skip Counting. Click the image to get  some for free.

These Repeated Addition thinkboards are not listed in the lesson plan but they can be used as an assessment, as a warm up or in a math center!


4 Free repeated Addition thinkboard templates


Multiplication Think Board

Again this multiplication thinkboard is not in the lesson plan, but easy to use as an assessment or center activity. Click the image to find out how to use it and get it!


DIY Mini Times Tables Books

These DIY Times tables books are my absolute favourite printable for introducing kids to multiplication as repeated addition. With no printing or laminating they are a must! Click the image below to find out more…

Related Post: Teaching Multiplication in Primary School


Repeated Addition As Multiplication Lesson Plan Free Printable

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