Next, I tell them that we’re all going to be distributive doctors or surgeons for the day! They LOVE this! I even refer to them as Dr. Smith or Dr. Rodriguez :0) You should see their faces light up when I call them all doctors!!!!!
Our first “operation” as newly named Distributive Doctors is to use our scalpels, otherwise known as popsicle sticks, to cut our arrays.
Using an EXPO marker, I have them write on their desks a multiplication expression for each of the arrays. (Don’t worry, the writing comes off easily with a tissue.)