My 5th grade teachers departmentalize and one of the math teachers and I collaborated on how to use dots with their objective of two-digit multiplication. We decided to have the kids make a drawing of two shapes. It could be abstract shapes, geometrical shapes or 2 "things" that go together. Some even did their initials.
Then they had to color around the shapes for their background. When they finished that, they took a Q-tip with paint and dotted the inside of their 2 shapes. Then they counted the number of dots in each shape and wrote a multiplication sentence and solved the problem. Then they made a QR code on the iPad with the answer to the problem.
Finally they attached the QR code to their drawing and signed their picture.
Now the pictures are ready to be hung in the 5th grade hallway for a self checking multiplication station.