**Exploring Multiplication: Using Russian ****Peasant Multiplication**

**Objective: **To explore multiplication using doubling and halving skills

**Materials Required: **Paper and pencils

**Steps: ****To ****solve: 28 ****× ****34**

- One student draws column A and other student draws column B. We can call column A ‘half’ and column B ‘doubles’.
- Each student then writes the factors as shown. The number in column A is halved and the one in column B is doubled repeatedly. When you have to half an odd number, ignore the remainder. Both students stop when 1 is reached in column A. Cancel all the even number from column A and its pair in column B.
- Next, add the numbers that are not cancelled from column B only. That gives the product.

**Let us take another example to solve: 12 × 28**