This tip comes straight from my Best Multiplication Workbook EVER! The section on teaching 2 digit multiplication is very helpful for teachers looking to scaffold learning. I break long multiplication into 3 sections—multiplying multidigit numbers by 1, 2 or 3 digits. Within each section, a dozen or more lessons teach the process step by step.
Please use these two FREE sample pages with your class to introduce 2 digit multiplication. This introductory lesson lets your students learn the Hugs and Kisses method to keep their numbers lined up when they have to put in that place holding O. (The place holding O is the hug. You put an X, or kiss, over a number to kiss it goodbye when you are through with it.)
The workbook lets students practice Hugs and Kisses by beginning with multiplying times 11. This isolates the Hugs and Kisses skill, allowing students to focus on the procedure, not the math.