# Real life arrays task cards

*A fun set of real life arrays task cards that makes the topic of multiplication relevant and interesting.*

Looking for an interesting way to practice multiplication arrays?

Want to make the topic of multiplication both fun and relevant to everyday life?

Then these **real life array task cards** may be right up your street.

Understanding how a multiplication equation can be represented by an array (objects arranged in rows and columns) is really important when learning multiplication. Arrays are a really useful way to visualise and make sense of the concept of multiplication.

These real life array task cards are a really nice way to connect the math concept of multiplication to the world around us (and they also make a nice change from the usual worksheets containing endless rows and columns of dots.)

Read on to find out more!

**Related post:** **What are multiplication arrays?**

**Tell me about these real life arrays task cards**

This new addition to my store is a set of real life arrays task cards.

There are 24 task cards in total. Each card shows a photograph of an array from everyday life (all photos taken by yours truly).

**What exactly is included with this resource?**

Included in this resource download are:

- 24 task cards (2 cards per page)

- recording sheet (2 different versions)

- 24 number cards.

- an answer key

**How should I use these task cards?**

These task cards can be used in a couple of different ways. Let’s take a look.

**1. Matching activity**

Firstly, you can use these task cards as a matching activity.

Included with the task cards are 24 number cards, each showing the array in number form (for example 4 x 2 or 5 x 7).

For each of the real life arrays, simply find the corresponding number card.

So, for example, the task card with the box of crayons in 3 rows of 8 would match to the 3 x 8 number card.

Once you’re finished, you can check your answers using the answer key.

If you’re using these task cards with a class of students, this activity makes for a great math center. It could also be used as an activity for an individual child, perhaps as an early finisher activity.

**Related: What is a multiplication chart? (And how to use one)**

**2. Recording sheet**

Alternatively, you can use the recording sheets with these task cards.

For each everyday array, write down the number sentence that describes the picture. Each task card is numbered (1 to 24) and there is a spot for each task card answer on the recording sheet.

There are 2 versions of the recording sheet. One with boxes to fill in and one just blank.

**Who are these task cards for?**

This activity would work well for children in grades 2 to 4. It could be used to introduce the idea of multiplication arrays or would make a nice review activity at the end of the topic.

**Where can I find these real life arrays task cards?**

These task cards are available for purchase in the **Math, Kids and Chaos store** or over in our **Teachers Pay Teachers store**.

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