Lesson Plan

Boom, Clap! Patterns in the Multiplication Table

BOOM! Have a blast teaching your students how to find and use patterns within the multiplication table to increase fluency with multiplication and build number sense.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify and analyze arithmetic patterns found within the multiplication table.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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(3 minutes)
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  • Write a pattern on the board, like 2,4,6,8,10, __, and ask students to continue the pattern.
  • Have students explain the pattern in words (i.e. counting by twos, multiplying by two, or adding two).
  • Point out that every number in the pattern is even and explain that in this pattern, the numbers are even because they are all multiples of two, which means that they all have a factor of two.
  • Explain, "Today we are going to look for patterns in the multiplication table."
  • Remind students that a pattern is a sequence or ordered set of numbers.


  • Provide student-friendly definitions and images, as applicable, for key words such as pattern, even, odd, multiply, multiple, factor.


  • Ask students to turn and talk to a partner before sharing their ideas with the whole group.