Lattice Multiplication

Contributor: Meghan Vestal. Lesson ID: 10915

Does long multiplication take too long? Are more digits more than you can handle? With easy video lessons, online practice, worksheet and some games, learn the simple secret of lattice multiplication!



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Are you struggling with long multiplication, or multiplying more than one digit by more than one digit? If so, have no fear! There is a simple way to solve long multiplication problems that is actually fun, and will help you get the right answer every time. Without a doubt, lattice multiplication is about to become your go-to method for solving multiplication problems!

Long multiplication can be challenging, but it doesn't have to be!

Using lattice math to solve multiplication problems is kind of like solving a puzzle, and if you enjoy puzzles and problem-solving, you will love lattice multiplication!

For step-by-step instructions on how to find a product using lattice math, read through Coolmath4kids' page entitled Lattice Multiplication.

For a video of how to solve a multiplication problem using this method, watch Kahn Academy's video Lattice multiplication | Multiplication and division | Arithmetic - Khan Academy:


Also, make sure to find out why this method will allow you to find the correct product by watching Kahn Academy's video Why lattice multiplication works | Multiplication and division | Arithmetic - Khan Academy:


A few tips for finding a product using lattice multiplication:

  1. Use graph paper with large squares. This will prevent you from having to draw your squares and will help you keep everything nice and neat. You can print Graph Paper from Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.
  2. Use a highlighter or colored marker to draw your diagonal lines. Once again, this will help keep everything neat and will make it easier to add your columns.

Now that you have learned lattice multiplication, think about why it is important to be able to solve multiplication problems.

  • How do you use multiplication in your everyday life?

Discuss your responses with your teacher or parent.

It does not matter what method you use to solve multiplication problems. The important thing is that you find a method that works best for you, because multiplication is used every day! You may have to use long multiplication to figure out how much tax will cost on an item, or the cost of gas for your car.

Continue on to the Got It? section to work on a worksheet.

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