Multiplication Methods: Chinese

Multiplication Methods: Chinese

Lesson 3 of 3 in this unit

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  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • Mathematics
  • Numbers
  • ...

Lesson summary

Different cultures have developed different methods of multiplication. In this series of activities, we explore different multiplication methods to strengthen students' number understanding and provide them with different methods for tackling multiplication. In this activity, students will explore the Chinese Method of multiplication.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • explore and apply the Chinese Method of Multiplication.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • explain and apply the Chinese Method of multiplication
  • discuss different methods for multiplication.

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Lesson details


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • adaptability
  • creative thinking
  • curiosity
  • reflection

Curriculum Mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions - English

Students learn to:

  • solve problems involving multiplication of larger numbers by one- or two-digit numbers, choosing efficient calculation strategies and using digital tools where appropriate; check the reasonableness of answers (AC9M5N06)
  • solve problems that require finding a familiar fraction, decimal or percentage of a quantity, including percentage discounts, choosing efficient calculation strategies and using digital tools where appropriate (AC9M6N07).

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Numeracy

Relevant parts of Year 5 & 6 achievement standards: Students use their proficiency with multiplication facts to multiply numbers efficiently. Students solve problems involving finding a fraction, decimal or percentage of a quantity.

NSW Curriculum

  • selects and applies appropriate strategies to solve multiplication and division problems (MA3-MR-01)

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG: 4 Quality Education

  • Target 4.6: By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy.

Resources Required

  • Board to demonstrate method
  • Student notebooks and writing implements
  • Optional: calculators and timers
  • Student Worksheet - We have provided differentiated worksheets so you can choose the level appropriate for your students.

Additional Info

Level of teacher scaffolding: High-explicit teaching of mathematical method.

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