One of Pooh’s objectives this year is to learn to work with arrays. When I was in school, we weren’t using arrays. We were memorizing addition and multiplication facts back then.

Now, though, arrays are an important (and helpful) way to understand adding and multiplying. So I put together a new printable pack: Apple Array Addition and Multiplication with 5’s! A fun, apple-themed way to have **array practice for second grade**!

By the way, be sure to check out our Apple Tree Playdough Counting Mat for your toddlers and preschoolers!

## Apple Array Practice for Second Grade

To use these printables, you’ll need the following:

I have to admit that when Pooh saw that there were multiplication problems on the sheet, his reaction was “TIMES TABLES????” It was a dramatic moment, for sure.

But I used the first few pages in the pack to introduce him to using arrays with addition. And then we talked about how that’s the same as multiplication.

This pack focuses just on working with 5’s from 5+0 to 5+5+5, so you can use it to introduce times tables from 5×1 to 5×5.

The first set of pages contains apple arrays and written addition and multiplication problems. Pooh and I looked at each row and column in the arrays to understand why we write those particular addition and multiplication equations to represent them.

Count out the number of apples in each row to find your first addend. Then count the number of rows to find the second. Simple!

After he went through and solved the first set of problems, we used the second set of pages. These pages have the apple arrays and addition/multiplication problems, but kids have to read the array correctly to fill in the addends/multiplicand/multiplier.

Which he did on his own! He was so excited to grasp how to read arrays and relate them to multiplying that as soon as Jay came in the door, he said “Dad! I learned how to do times today!” Another one of those homeschooling gifts I’m thrilled to share with them this year.

If you’d like to use this pack for array practice for second grade, click the image or the link below to get your copy of our Apple Array Addition and Multiplication with 5’s in our Store!

### Apple Array Addition and Multiplication with 5’s – Look! We’re Learning! Store

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Come along with the entire 2nd Grade Blogging Team for all of our Apple activities this week!

How to use an apple to explain basic fractions from Crafty Kids at Home

Apples Graphing Activity from Sallie Borrink Learning

Free Number Order Printable Apples from Life Over C’s

Preserve an apple from getting brown from Planet Smarty Pants

Apple Descriptions {adjectives} from School Time Snippets

Nouns and Verbs – Apple Theme from 123 Homeschool 4 Me

Black and White Apple Prints: A Lesson in Contrast from Creative Family Fun

Apple Toothpick Tower Challenge from Preschool Powol Packets

Kita says

I love this a great way for them to learn what they need to know. This math is one of the hardest things and our school system changed up things from the old way of doing math.

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Selena Robinson says

It’s definitely A LOT different than I remember. I’ve had to set aside time to study the concepts myself before I can teach them, even with first and second grade topics!

Carla says

Oooh, I love the way your arrays compare addition and multiplication!! I’ll totally use them with my daughter!

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Selena Robinson says

Thank you, Carla!

Natalie PlanetSmartyPants says

This is an excellent idea to explicitly compare multiplication and addition results!

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Selena Robinson says

Thanks, Natalie!

Nicola says

I’m looking forward to having a go at this with my son soon.

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Selena Robinson says

Thanks, I hope he likes it!