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Multiplying Two-Digit and Three-Digit Numbers and Box Method Multiplication


29 Step-by-Step Math Lessons | Special Education Math Intervention | Fifth Grade Math Level


This Multiplying Two- and Three-Digit Numbers and Box Method of Multiplication lesson workbook includes an example IEP goal, 29 step-by-step math lessons, reviews and assessments. This evidence-based math intervention is tied to fourth and fifth grade standards and is great for special education math goals and tier 2 small group math interventions (RTI).

These sequential lessons are easy to teach, with enough material for 6 weeks of instruction!


Multi-Digit Multiplication

The standard algorithm is the strategy taught in this section.  Most general education classrooms use this as their primary strategy to solve multi-digit multiplication problems because it is efficient and takes up less space than other methods.  It can be difficult, though, for students to switch between addition and multiplication and keep track of which digits they are focusing on.


Distributive Property and Box Method

The distributive property can be a helpful tool for students who have difficulty with the standard algorithm.  Instead of switching back and forth repeatedly between multiplying, carrying, multiplying, adding, carrying, etc., students do all of the multiplication at one time, then all of the addition at one time with minimal carrying.  It takes more room and is less efficient, but it can be a more reliable strategy. Even if students master the standard algorithm, the box strategy can be helpful in demonstrating the “why” behind it.


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This PDF Download Includes:

29 Lessons
3 Reviews
3 Tests

224 Pages

6 Weeks of Instruction


Students Will Be Able To:

Multi-Digit Multiplication

  • Two-digit by two-digits, no regrouping
  • Two-digit by two-digits, with regrouping
  • Two-digit by two-digits, rewrite problems vertically to solve
  • Two-digit by two-digits, word problems
  • Two-digit by three-digits, no regrouping
  • Two-digit by three-digits, with regrouping
  • Two-digit by three-digits, rewrite problems vertically to solve
  • Two-digit by three-digits, word problems
  • Three-digit by three digits, no regrouping
  • Three-digit by three digits, with regrouping
  • Three-digit by three digits, with a zero in the tens column
  • Three-digit by three digits, rewrite problems vertically to solve
  • Three-digit by three digits, word problems

Distributive Property & Box Method of Multiplication

  • Multiply numbers ending in zeros
  • Solve 1x2 digit problems using the distributive property
  • Solve 1x3 digit problems using the distributive property
  • Solve 1x4 digit problems using the distributive property
  • Solve 1x2 digit problems using the box method
  • Solve 1x3 digit problems using the box method
  • Solve 1x4 digit problems using the box method
  • Solve 2x2 digit problems using the box method
  • Solve 2x3 digit problems using the box method
  • Solve 3x3 digit problems using the box method


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Box Method of Multiplication:


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Lessons Are Tied to These Standards:


Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations.  Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models. 


Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.


Apply properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide.  (Distributive property)


Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations.  Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models. 



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About the Author

Hi! I am a Special Education & Title 1 teacher interested in task analysis. My resources break tasks into small and explicit steps, reducing cognitive load for learners so they can feel successful and confident rather than overwhelmed and reluctant to try. I strive to lighten the workload of teachers by making resources as practical and easy-to-use as possible. I sincerely hope my work can benefit you and your students.

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