Multiplying in parts (partial products)
This is a complete lesson with explanations and exercises about multiplying in parts, also called partial products algorithm, with twodigit numbers. It is meant for fourth grade, and works as a stepping stone before students learn the regular multiplication algorithm. In a nutshell, students learn to break twodigit numbers into two parts, and to multiply the parts separately. They actually use the distributive property, but we do not need to explain that to 4th grade students.
Multiply 3 × 46 Break 46 into two parts: 40 and 6. Then multiply those two parts separately by 3: Then add these two partial results: 120 + 18 = 138. 


Here is another way of showing the same thing, using bundles of ten.

Study these examples. Multiply the tens and ones separately, then add:
8 × 13 8 × 10 and 8 × 3 80 and 24 = 104 
5 × 24 5 × 20 and 5 × 4 100 and 20 = 120 
7 × 68 7 × 60 and 7 × 8 420 and 56 = 476 
1. Multiply the tens and ones separately. Then add to get the final answer.
a. 6 × 27 6 × ____ and 6 × ____ ______ and ______ = ___________ 
b. 5 × 83 5 × ____ and 5 × ____ ______ and ______ = ___________ 
c. 9 × 34 9 × ____ and 9 × ____ ______ and ______ = ___________ 
d. 3 × 99 3 × ____ and 3 × ____ = ___________ 
e. 7 × 65 7 × ____ and 7 × ____ = ___________ 
f. 4 × 58 4 × ____ and 4 × ____ = ___________ 

2. Fill in the missing numbers. Write the area of the whole rectangle as a SUM of the areas of the smaller rectangles. Also find the total area.
a. ___ × ______ = ___ × ______ + ___ × ___ = _________ 
b. ___ × ______ = ___ × ______ + ___ × ___ = _________ 
c. ___ × ______ = ___ × ______ + ___ × ___ = _________ 
3. It's your turn to draw. Draw a twopart rectangle to illustrate the multiplications, like in the previous problem. You do not have to measure the sides to make them exactly so long, a sketch is good enough.
a.
7 × 16 =
___ × ______ + ___ × ___ = _________ 
b.
5 × 21 =
___ × ______ + ___ × ___ = _________ 
c.
8 × 34 =
___ × ______ + ___ × ___ = _________ 
4. Break the second factor into tens and ones. Multiply separately, and add.
a. 6 × 19

b. 3 × 73

c. 4 × 67  
d. 5 × 92

e. 9 × 33 
f. 7 × 47 
5. Multiply in parts. You can write the partial products under the problems, if you wish.
a. 5 × 13 = _______ 
b. 9 × 15 = _______ 
c. 5 × 33 = _______ 
d. 8 × 21 = _______  e. 4 × 22 = _______  f. 7 × 51 = _______ 
6. Compare. Write < , > , or = in the boxes between the number sentences.
a. 10 × 10 9 × 11  b. 6 × 12 5 × 14  c. 8 × 22 5 × 27 
7. Solve. Write a number sentence for each problem, not just the answer.
a. Jack bought eight shirts for $14 each.
What was his total bill? _______________________________________________ 
b. Mary and Harry set up
nine rows of seats in the school auditorium, with 14 seats in each row. After that, they still had 56 seats left in the storage that they didn't use. How many seats are there in total? _______________________________________________ 
c. A
small hammer costs $17. Another, much better one, is three times as expensive. Find the cost of the more expensive hammer. _______________________________________________ 
The video below also explains this same idea: first students are taught to multiply two or threedigit numbers in parts (such as multiplying 3 × 89 as 3 × 80 and 3 × 9, and adding those) as a preparation for learning the usual multiplication algorithm.
Looking for more? Check out IXL's Distributive Property lesson.