I was perusing the scope & sequence for second grade mathematics, and two items listed are "understand the concept of basic multiplication" and "recite their multiplication table through 5." I noted that there is no multiplication work in the body of second grade R&S. However, the TM on p. 11 says that multiplication is optional for grade 2, and describes how to teach them starting at lesson 124. Is this something built into the lesson plans so I don't have to worry about noting to do this? Or should I make a note in my lesson plan to start following the TM plan to implement this option?

My daughter is strong in mathematics and I think she is ready to start multiplication. I am a bit wary of the R&S second grade plan because this doesn't seem like much of an introduction to explain what multiplication *is*. I am big on memorization & recitation, but I want to be sure she gets the concept as well. I know they are taught as new concepts in third grade, but I'm wondering if this way of introduction in second is the way to go. Am I missing something?

My daughter is strong in mathematics and I think she is ready to start multiplication. I am a bit wary of the R&S second grade plan because this doesn't seem like much of an introduction to explain what multiplication *is*. I am big on memorization & recitation, but I want to be sure she gets the concept as well. I know they are taught as new concepts in third grade, but I'm wondering if this way of introduction in second is the way to go. Am I missing something?

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