Lesson 17

Match and Draw Arrays

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to relate arrays to drawings of equal groups and describe arrays in terms of multiplication.

Lesson Narrative

Students first match arrays to drawings of equal groups. Then, they redraw drawings of equal groups as arrays. The work of this lesson connects to upcoming lessons when students represent arrays with expressions and equations. Make connecting cubes or counters available to students who need them.

Keep collecting ideas that arise about commutativity.

  • Engagement
  • MLR8

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Relate arrays to drawings of equal groups and describe them in terms of multiplication.

Student Facing

  • Let’s match arrays to equal groups and draw arrays.

Required Materials

Materials to Gather

Materials to Copy

  • Card Sort Arrays

Required Preparation

Activity 1:

  • Create a set of cards from the blackline master for each group of 2 or 4 students.

CCSS Standards


Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 20 min
Activity 2 15 min
Lesson Synthesis 10 min
Cool-down 5 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

What question do you wish you had asked today? When and why should you have asked it?

Suggested Centers

  • Capture Squares (1–3), Stage 5: Multiply with 2, 5, and 10 (Addressing)
  • Five in a Row: Multiplication (3–5), Stage 1: Factors 1–5 and 10 (Addressing)

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