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Multiplication and Geometry in K-8: Fun with Models and Manipulatives

July 8July 11

MPCI 2024-07Professional learning opportunity open to all grade K–8 teachers in Maine
Sponsored by the Maine STEM Partnership at the RiSE Center, University of Maine
Facilitated by Dr. Franzi Peterson and Jenn Fronczak

How models and manipulatives can help build students’ fluency and understanding

July 8–11, 2024 (Monday–Thursday); 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. with one-hour lunch break
Estabrooke Hall, University of Maine, Orono

In this 4-day mathematics content immersion we will explore opportunities for using models and manipulatives to help build fluency and understanding of multiplication and geometry.

  • Explore foundational ideas for multiplication in grades PreK-2
  • Introducing multiplication and initial applications to geometry in grades 3-5
  • Applying multiplication across content areas in grades 6-8


  • Moving from additive to multiplicative reasoning
  • Models and manipulatives for multiplication
  • Deriving formulas for geometric relationships
  • Understanding the size of numbers through units

All throughout the content immersion we will explore tasks that promote reasoning about multiplication by connecting it to geometry. We will work with manipulatives and use many hands-on activities and draw connections to grade-level appropriate examples. Teachers will leave each day with tasks that can be used directly in classrooms.

Franziska Peterson is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and Faculty Member of the RiSE Center. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Secondary Education with double majors in mathematics and English in Germany. In 2016, she received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Mathematics Education) from the University of Wyoming.

Jennifer Fronczak is a Professional Learning Specialist at the RiSE Center. She works with partnering school districts, supports multiple grants, and contributes to the RiSE Center’s Teaching Fellowship program. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Early Adolescent Mathematics and earned a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in mathematics and an M.Ed. in Literacy.

$1,250 registration fee. If your school or district has agreed to pay for this professional learning opportunity, you can select “Invoice (Enter School or District Billing Info)” at checkout.

Register now!

Participating teachers will receive a stipend of $700, contact hours, and lunch is included!

To request a reasonable accessibility accommodation to participate, please submit a request form and/or contact the RiSE Center: or 207-581-4672.

The University of Maine System is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Registration is open through June 30.


Estabrooke Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States


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