# 4x - 8x4 CanDoTables Mat

## Maths Resource Description

The CanDoTables Mat is a comprehensive mathematics tool designed to help students explore the concept of multiplication and its related properties through various engaging activities. Initially, students are prompted to 'Draw it' by representing the multiplication of 4 times 8 visually, which could be done by drawing an array or using a number line. They are then encouraged to 'Derive it' by breaking down the multiplication into more manageable parts and 'Deepen it' by exploring further related problems. The 'Dissect it' section allows students to deconstruct the multiplication into sums of products, enhancing their understanding of distributive properties.

Additionally, the mat includes a 'bar' and 'number line' to visually represent the product of 4 times 8, which equals 32. Students can use these tools to explore different groupings and the concept of division as the inverse of multiplication. The mat provides a variety of prompts and questions such as "___ multiplied by ___ is ___" and "___ shared equally between 4 is ___ each," which encourages students to think about multiplication and division in different contexts. Real-world applications are also included, such as calculating the cost of fairground tickets and the total weight of bags of parsnips, to help students see the relevance of their mathematical skills. The mat concludes with a true or false section, challenging students to apply their knowledge and confirm their understanding of the relationship between multiplication and division.