Multiplication Methods: Vedic

Multiplication Methods: Vedic

Lesson 2 of 3 in this unit

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  • Primary
  • Year 3 - 4
  • 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 Vedic Method of multiplication.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • explore and apply the Vedic Method of Multiplication.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • explain and apply the Vedic 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:

  • multiply and divide one- and two-digit numbers, representing problems using number sentences, diagrams and arrays, and using a variety of calculation strategies (AC9M3N04)
  • use mathematical modelling to solve practical problems involving additive and multiplicative situations, including financial contexts; formulate the problems using number sentences and choose efficient calculation strategies, using digital tools where appropriate; interpret and communicate solutions in terms of the situation (AC9M4N08).

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Numeracy

Relevant parts of Year 3 & 4 achievement standards: They use mathematical modelling to solve practical problems involving single-digit multiplication and division, recalling multiplication facts for twos, threes, fours, fives and tens, and using a range of strategies.  Students use their proficiency with addition and multiplication facts to add and subtract, multiply and divide numbers efficiently.

NSW Curriculum 

  • completes number sentences involving multiplication and division by finding missing values (MA2-MR-02)
  • represents and uses the structure of multiplicative relations to 10 × 10 to solve problems (MA2-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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