When multiplying whole numbers you are multiplying two factors together to get an end product. Please see the below model for the correct vocabulary describing the components of the problem. The numbers 6 and 3 are referred to as factors, 18, the number highlighted in blue, is referred to as the product. There are multiple ways to solve multiplication problems, we can use arrays, models, skip counting, or groups to solve this problem.
We will solve the problem below using skip counting.
6, 12, 18 (If you add six each time you get the next number)
We counted the number six 3 times.
3, 6, 9, 12, 18 (If you add three each time you get the number)
We counted the number three 6 times.
Now you try, let’s do
First, take a look at your two factors, we have eight and six. Your goal is to solve this equation to determine the product. Use skip counting to get your product, please see the above example if you get stuck.
8, 16, ___, ____, ____, ____ (If you add eight six times, what do you get?)
6, 12, 18, ____, ____, ____, ____, ____ (If you add six eight times, what do you get?)
Great job, you have successfully used skip counting to multiply two factors and get a product.