This video lesson is designed for 6 to 12-year-old children. It will demonstrate how flat beed frame looks like and multiplication problems can be solved easily with it.
What is a Flat Bead Frame?
Flat Bead Frames are a final step in the progression to abstract multiplication. This wooden frame contains nine rows of golden beads to solve advanced mathematical calculations.
Materials that come with a Flat bead frame
- Box of 4 series of gray cards on which 1-9 is written. It serves as a multiplier
- Strips of white paper to solve multiplication problems
- How to solve a multiplication expression using a Flat Bead Frame?
Let’s solve a multiplication problem with a two-digit multiplier: 2348 x 34
- Write the expression on the strip so that the digits correspond to the correct wires. The expression is called multiplicand.
- Now pick the grey cards and place the 4- digit over the lowest green dot, representing the units, and the 3- digit over the blue dot for the tens. The beads should be at the top to start.
- Begin multiplying 8 x 4 = 32, bring down 2 units and 3 tens. 4 x 4 = 16 tens – bring down 6 tens and 1 hundred and so on. write the digit on paper.
- After the multiplicand has been multiplied by the units, we can turn the card ‘4’.
- Reset the beads.
- To multiply by the 3 tens or 30, we must move the multiplicand to the left one space to let one red zero show. It is just like multiplying the number by 10.
- Repeat step 3 by continuing multiplication and making necessary changes.
- Add the result of steps 3 and 7.
- In the end, we read the product and record it.
Watch the video to solve complex multiplication expressions with a 2-digit multiplier.
Ask the child to repeat the activity with another expression.
For more math lessons, visit: https://theglobalmontessorinetwork.org/math-resources/
Video created by Amanda Morse
Elementary | Math | Multiplication | Flat Bead Frame (English)