Bunches and Bunches of Bunnies
This book is all about multiplication, but there is a great opportunity to review or learn about squares and square roots here too! Each page of this book the bunnies multiply 1 by 1, then 2 by 2, then 3 by 3, and so on.
I originally got my idea to use this book from Literature-Based Math, Grades 2-3 by Lois Laase. She has some great questions to ask while reading this book to get your children thinking about the language of multiplication. For example, for 5×5=25, “If there are five bunnies in the band, how many bunnies are dancing?” She also offers 2 printable worksheets to practice multiplying squares (the same number by itself, i.e. 4×4).
Here is a free worksheet which would help to explore perfect squares:
You could also build a pyramid with Legos to visually manipulate and see the multiplication.
CLICK HERE for an online game where students must know the numbers that are perfect squares.