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**My fellow teachers** and **homeschoolers** (Hey, you can use this as an incentive too! Even if just for motivation!), I love giving back so I created this FREE student reward for the end-of-year season. This Perfect Attendance Award is FREE for you to use in you personal classroom or homeschool!

The perfect attendance certificate can be paired with a small tangible reward, or given on their own. I like print the awards on card-stock and then laminate them to make them seem more important and official.

Click the button below to snag the free perfect attendance award! If you have time, leave some feedback, it truly helps my store grow.

You can get the Student Reward Bundle! Browse the photos below to see what rewards are currently included. The awards are super affordable at around $0.83 per page. The greatest attribute of this bundle is that you can reuse them **EVERY YEAR**!

Being a teacher can be EXPENSIVE! Trust me, I understand. I want to share love with the freebie and create affordable resources for teachers to supply their classrooms with pretty and intelligent resources.

**Click the button** above to get the award, or click the bundle photos below to visit the bundle.

The spring and Easter season is here! Check out these Easter math worksheets just for the occasion. They come with task cards and games designed specifically for 3rd grade Mathematics standards. The bundle is GROWING bigger different objectives by the day so grab them now and SAVE! You can also purchase the bundles separately.

So far the bundles cover two-step word problems using the four operations, using equations with a letter, multiplication and division fact families, and recognizing fractions as part of a whole, the difference between the numerator and denominator, understand that fractions can be represented on a number line, represent a fraction from 0 to 1, divide fractions into equal parts on a number line.

The bundle at the time of writing this blog has 3 products. With that said, it will be growing until I start creating resources for summer. You can read in the paragraph above about what objectives the bundle cover or read more about each below. As I update the bundle, I will update this blog post explaining what I added.

The dreaded "F" word. Fractions don't have to be so bad! The fraction bundle comes with worksheets, task cards, and a game. They game (shown in the photos below) is a fraction recognition and matching game. I print the game on heavy paper or card stock, laminate the game on my personal laminator (I have a cheap $30 Scotch laminator), and use hook and loop dots to stick the pieces to the cards. The cards fit perfectly in the 3" by 4" containers from the dollar store.

The task cards included in the fraction bundle require students to identify the shaded portion of a fraction. I purposely did not theme the task cards or game so that teachers can reuse them throughout the year. You can see the task cards in the photo below.

There are 4 worksheets in the fraction bundle as you can see below. The worksheets cover recognizing fractions as part of a whole, the difference between the numerator and denominator, understand that fractions can be represented on a number line, represent a fraction from 0 to 1, divide fractions into equal parts on a number line .

Last, the fractions bundle aligns with standards 3.NF.A.1, 3.NF.A.2, 3.NF.A.2.A, and 3.NF.A.2.B, but will meet many state and district standards as well. The worksheets are not bogged down with a bunch of repetitive questions. I feel like this is an important feature in a resource because there are only so many hours that we have our students per day and 40 worksheets about fractions is not beneficial. If you have time for 40 fraction worksheets - you need to let the world in on your secret for time management!

JK! Truly though, we don't want to bog our students down with all that busy work either. That is why the bundles come with task cards and games instead of just worksheets or printables.

Multiplication and division fact families are one of my things to teach as well as make resources. Alternately, there are also a ton of resources out there for multiplication and division fluency. All each as cute as the next. I am not trying to sell you my resource saying it has this new strategy that no one else has. Nope! What is does have is efficiency and affordability. You don't need 50 different worksheets to teach fluency for multiplication and division, though there are enough out there.

There are five worksheets in the bundle and a set of *missing factor *task cards. They touch on the things you need for this standard and add a little spring to your class without costing you a small fortune for 50 worksheets you won't use.

The two-step word problem bundle comes with worksheets and task cards to get students ready for algebra. Third-grade is the level that the objective to represent word problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity is introduced. Below are the task cards that help students prepare to compose these word problems. In this case, repetition helps renew the memory files and preps the students to become familiar with these type of problems.

There several **AMAZING** word problem methods around to reinforce students ability to break down and understand word problems. My personal favorite is the **CUBES** method. It is not my personal method, so you will have to research that for yourself, but I find it is very beneficial in helping students again, break down the word problems.

Below are four worksheets included in the bundle. There are three with diverse types of two-step word problems using the four operations. **Jelly Bean Party** and **Marshmallow Bunnies** (worksheets) would be perfect for a guided math lesson or rotations. **Easter Egg Fun** is the same kind of two-step word problem worksheet, but it has two word problems that tie in to each other and end up having the same answer. The fourth is a color by number division worksheet to be used for fluency practice or a differentiated option in the case that a teacher needs an option for other students that are not ready for the other three choices.

Last in the bundle are these task cards pictured below. I am a certified mid/level math teacher (means I can teach up to Algebra 2 and Geometry) so I am not blowing smoke when I say it is **VERY** important to have a strong algebra base for students to struggle less with each consecutive year. Like I said above, 3rd grade is the level in which algebra problems like these are introduced and will just get more difficult each school year.

The standard requires the word problems be composed using letters or variables standing for an unknown quantity. Also, this is where the beginning of the order of operations is introduced. As you can see in the photograph below the task cards include questions representing both objectives. For instance "9 × 9 + 9 =" is an entry level order of operations question. It does not require students to solve parenthesis first or use PEMDAS, but it does get them familiar with multi-step problems.

Feel free to click on the photo below to visit the entire bundle and browse my store. I have many more 2nd-4th grade math resources as well as a few Pre-Algebra resources.

--Raven Cruz

Five multiplication strategies that I use when teaching multiplication include; equal groups or grouping, arrays, repeated addition, skip counting, or number lines. The strategies help students with their multiplication fluency, as well as break down a

The first multiplication strategy is learning multiplication by grouping is the process of separating objects into equal groups. Most commonly when using equal groups, repeated addition is also used. This method is one of the most straightforward ways for students to comprehend the strategy of multiplication by grouping.

As you can see in the example below there are 3 equal groups of 2 cookies. Students can use repeated addition to solve a multiplication problem like the one below.

In the classroom teachers can use manipulative such as; erasers, counters, small blocks, or even drawing on dry erase boards to practice the strategy of grouping and repeated addition.

**2 + 2 + 2 = 6**

The second multiplication strategy is repeated addition. We touched on using repeated addition with grouping above when we grouped 2 cookies in groups of three. Both learning using grouping and learning using arrays are complimentary to each other.

Repeated addition is using what students already know about addition to help them solve a multiplication problem.

**3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 18**

The third multiplication strategy is arrays. Arrays are an arrangement of objects arranged in rows and columns.

The arrangement of cookies shown below shows the systematic way to introduce arrays. The student will first learn a 1 × 4 array, 2 × 4 array, 3 × 4 array, 4 × 4 array, and so on... A larger arrangement of objects can also be broken down into arrays to preform many different types of multiplication, such as properties of multiplication.

Making arrays in the classroom can be fun AND engaging for students. Using colorful objects, such as; erasers, counters, and blocks to build arrays can keep all types of learners engaged and ready to learn.

Fourth, there is learning multiplication by number lines. Students will take "jumps" on the number line. These jumps help students solve multiplication problems by skip counting.

Number lines are an exceptional way to teach number sense as well.

** 2 4 6 8 10..... **

Last, learning multiplication by number lines uses the next strategy - skip counting. Skip counting is not just for providing students a way to count faster, it also helps them solve multiplication problems.

Starting at 0 students count in intervals until reaching the desired number. Students can also point out the pattern being used when skip counting.

**0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30...**

Check out the many resources in my Teachers Pay Teachers store that help teachers provide FUN ways to teach multiplication. A few of my recommendations are listed below. The resources are broken down into volumes to help teach your students systematically.

Student awards and gifts can be expensive! Trust me, I know.

Well, I have your back. I created student award ideas for the frugal teacher. They are a set of classroom awards for different subjects, actions, and awards.

You can give them as a single reward or pair them with small gifts. Laminate the awards to make them seem more official or just print and give to keep them more affordable. Either way, the awards are cute and colorful enough to stand on their own.

**What's Included:**

Being a teacher can be expensive! My first year teaching I spent about $5000 on my classroom because I had NOTHING. The reality is I didn't have that money to spend.

Furthermore, teachers are not appreciated enough. As a teacher I want to help out a little. I will be adding rewards to the bundle as I make them so you won't have to "re-purchase" if you buy the bundle. They are affordable and you can keep them on-hand to always be prepared. Also, you can purchase single award tickets if you only want one. They are super affordable so **CHECK THEM OUT!**

**Click on the individual pictures to visit that specific product.**

Properties of multiplication for 3rd-Grade math, in my humble opinion is often times more complex than actually memorizing math facts. The issue **ISN'T** that the properties of multiplication are **MORE CONFUSING**, **IT IS** that teachers fail to give the students what they need to **UNDERSTAND** the properties.

No, I am not dogging anyone's teaching style. In some cases for example, I have observed that certain teachers may not understand the properties themselves. I'm not lying, I have stumbled across several resources that explained the associative property **COMPLETELY WRONG**.

Let me clarify, I am not writing this blog post to talk about teaching styles and will touch on this subject in a later blog post. However, I do want to point out that if you **DO NOT UNDERSTAND** the concept before you teach, your students will be left in the same boat.

Below are products I have created to teach each the properties of multiplication. You can read more about each resource at the **bottom of this post.**

If you aren't interested in reading the post and just wish to go directly to the resources you can click on the pictures below to go to that specific resource.

The ** commutative property of multiplication** states that the

**For example:**

**5 × 7 = 7 × 5**

As you can see, the numbers can move, but the answer will be the same.

The __ associative property of multiplication__ states that the

**For example:**

**3 × (5 × 7) = (3 × 5) × 7**

Notice how the parenthesis are what changes the grouping in the multiplication sentence. The product will in fact be the same, and the numbers **DO NOT** change places.

The **distributive property of multiplication **states that when a number is multiplied by the sum of two numbers, the first can be **distributed** to both of those and multiplied by each separately, then adding the two products together.

First, we "**break-up"** one of the factors to make it easier for 3rd-graders to multiply. If a student is given the multiplication sentence **8 × 16**, it is much easier for the student to "**break up**" the factor **16**.

**For example:**

**8 × (10 + 6)**

Next, the student will **distribute** the **8** to the addends and write a new equation.

**(8 × 10) + (8 × 6)**

Last, solve the equation.

**80 + 48 = 128**

As you can see, "breaking-up" the factor **16** and distributing the **8** to each addend made the problem much easier to solve. A student does not necessarily have to break **16** up into **10** and **6**, but it most cases it is the logical way.

Bundle

You can purchase each resource separately or as a bundle. The bundle contains every worksheet that is included in the single products at a reduced price.

Each resource has a definition and explanation page that breaks the property down in 3rd-grade terminology. Again, each resource comes with a word search that contains common vocabulary needed before introducing the property. For all properties there is also a matching worksheet, great for practicing and reinforcing the properties of multiplication.

The worksheets are designed specifically for 3rd-grade math - classroom or homeschool use. They specifically meet the standard CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.B.5 or 3.OA.B.5.

If you are reading this blog article then you are probably searching for a creative approach to teaching place value. I should note that not all teaching opportunities need to start with major prep and stress. We as teachers need to simplify where we can. Right?

Well, I truly believe that is so, but also feel that we need to add a little spice to our lessons. This is one thing I strive to do and hope that you do as well. I have set out to make learning more fun and I hope you stick around to see one of the things that I developed to practice, reinforce, use for intervention, or to simply compliment your already awesome place value lesson.

I know place value charts are nothing new to place value lessons. My intention is not to claim I created place value charts. I have created place value charts that your students will adore and have fun using as well.

The phone/tablet theme will draw them in and boost morale. Your students (kiddos if you teach homeschool) will most likely beg you to use these. You will have to tell them that they have to wait for multiplication so you can whip out the matching **multiplication charts**.

__What's Included:__

- 2-Spinners Ones to Hundreds
- 2-Spinners 0-9
- Place Value Charts 2 color choices
- Numbers to Label Place Value
- Place Value Cube

__What's Included:__

- 1-Spinner ones to thousands
- 2 Spinners labeled 0-9
- Place value charts to thousands
- Numbers to label place value
- Place value cube

__What's Included:__

__1-Spinner ones to hundred thousands__- 1-Spinner 0-9
- Place value charts to hundred thousands
- Place Value Cube

__What's Included:__

- 1-Spinner ones to millions
- 1 Spinner 0-9
- Place value charts to millions
- Place Value Cube

What is place value and why do we teach p.v.? Place value is the idea that a number represents a value depending on its location. The reason we teach place value is to help students with things like rounding, regrouping, and addition and subtraction.

The nutshell version - you will not give your students a good math foundation without implementing strong place value knowledge.

Although this blog post is not to teach * you* specifically about place value, I want to provide a little background knowledge so

Click the pictures above to be sent directly to each product. Also, below are some pictures that have been linked to each product.

You can also find my Teachers Pay Teachers store through my **SHOP** menu tab.

Since you stuck around until the end, I thought I would tell you about the bundle. It has all four games! Click on the picture above and you can find it for $10! Or go **here**.

Pumpkin Spice is in the air and so is the chanting of math facts. As teachers and homeschoolers we are always looking for fun affordable ways to add quality resources to our teacher arsenal.

If so, you have clicked on the right blog post. What's so **GREAT** about these games? I have composed a list:

- These games are
**SUPER**simple to prep! - Plus, they are easy to differentiate.
- Candy corn colored multiplication charts are included.
- The games come in 1-10 fact practice or 1-12 facts.
- They are
**SUPER**affordable! - You can buy in a bundle and
**SAVE**!

Read more about the games below.

Practice multiplication facts 1-10 or 1-12.

What's Included: 1- Facts 1-10 Spinner Game 1- Facts 1-12 Spinner Game Candy Corn Colored Multiplication Charts Candy Corn Spinner Pieces

Practice Fact Families 1-10 or 1-12.

What's Included: 1- Facts Families 1-10 Spinner Game 1- Facts Families 1-12 Spinner Game Candy Corn Colored Multiplication Charts Candy Corn Spinner Pieces

Practice multiplication facts and division 1-10 or 1-12.

What's Included: 1- Facts 1-10 Spinner Game 1- Facts 1-12 Spinner Game 1- Facts Families 1-10 Spinner Game 1- Facts Families 1-12 Spinner Game Candy Corn Colored Multiplication Charts Candy Corn Spinner Pieces

You can click on the pictures above OR they are available for purchase in my Teacher's Pay Teachers store Raven R Cruz. I have several multiplication resources in my store so check them out!

I remember starting my journey on Teachers pay Teachers a few years back. It was 2012 and there were virtually no videos to help me on my journey. Plus, I live where you can't get internet. I'm serious... country girl problems. They are trying to put in fiber optics - $140 for 1G - per month. No thanks, that's snail speed, I'll just try to keep using my cell phone as a spotless hot spot. NOT THE POINT!

My point is, I want to help you be the most efficient, tpt'er/teacherpreneur/entrepreneur/teacher author... Well, you get it right. I want to help you **START OFF** being successful. I don't want you to have as many tears as I did and still kinda do. So, in the video below I show you how to make square thumbnails for Teachers Pay Teachers.

The website I use to create my thumbnails is canva.com (not an affiliate). The video takes you through all the steps because honestly, pictures of how to do it will probably not help, I would watch the video.

Anyhoo, below is a list of the reasons I use Canva to give you an idea if you are a scanner and don't like videos.

- It is easier to access your pictures.
- You can see your pictures better, meaning they are all right there in your dashboard.
- Pictures be can stored directly in Canva and don't need external storage or computer storage space.
- You can download as pdf, png, transparent png, and jpg.
- It is super easy to change a photo size.
- You can edit your photo directly in Canva and don't have to edit before inserting it in to a thumb.

There are a few things Canva can't do that your other software's can. Below is a short list of a few notable things.

- It doesn't do shadows or text effects.
- You can't put color in text with text effects. The text has to be all one color, no cool outlines.
- You need an internet connection so you can't do it offline.

Thanks for sticking around to the end of the post! Since you did check out on of my freebies.

Over the past few months I have worked very hard on a bundle of products to help students with multiplication; more specifically multiplication for 3rd grade. The Operations and Algebraic Thinking task cards cover an array of multiplication problems that hit the Common Core Standards for 3rd grade Mathematics.

Although, I highly recommend Volume 1 for those in 2nd grade that are beginning multiplication and/or further volumes for those that are more advanced. Likewise, those in 4th grade that need more enrichment and reinforcement.

You can click on the photos below to visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store and purchase the products, or you can read more about them below.

If you hang around until the end, you can see how I use these task cards.

Volume 1 hits Common Core standards 3.OA.A.1 and 3.OA.A.3.

This volume includes arrays, grouping, repeated addition, number lines, and skip-counting.

I recommend this volume for 2nd and 3rd graders beginning multiplication. It truly breaks the multiplication strategies down for each method.

Volume 2 hits Common Core standards 3.OA.A.1, 3.OA.A.2, 3.OA.A.3, 3.OA.A.4 and 3.OA.D.9.

This volume has problems that are closely related to questions that would be found on measurement testing.

Volume 3 hits Common Core standards 3.OA.A.2, 3.OA.A.4, 3.OA.B.5, and 3.OA.C.7.

This volume has fact families, division facts, properties of multiplication, whole number quotients of whole numbers, and division of unknown factors.

Volume 4 hits Common Core standards 3.OA.B.5, 3.OA.B.6, 3.OA.C.7, and 3.OA.D.8, 3.OA.D.9.

This volume includes fact families, division facts, properties of multiplication, whole number quotients of whole numbers, and division of unknown factors.

THE BUNDLE of the task cards hits Common Core standards 3.OA.A.1, 3.OA.A.2, 3.OA.A.3, 3.OA.A.4, 3.OA.B.5, 3.OA.A.4, 3.OA.B.5, 3.OA.B.6, 3.OA.C.7, 3.OA.D.8, and 3.OA.D.9.

This version INCLUDES EVERYTHING from versions 1-5.

- They hit
**EVERY**third grade common core standard for Operations and Algebraic Thinking. - Very little cutting and most can be done with a paper cutter which trims the cutting time down to almost nothing (NO PUN INTENDED, BUT THOROUGHLY ENJOYED!)
- It's not just a bunch of flip, flaps, and coloring. Although, there is a flip book, it's super easy to construct.
- Only a few questions/activities per task card.
- Each bell-ringer type card is shaped like a phone with chat boxes.
- The resource can be used in-addition-to other interactive notebook pieces.

You can see from the photographs above, the multiplication interactive notebook is extremely versatile. Each card can be used as bell-ringers, turned into flip-books, flip-ables, fold-ables, placed in interactive notebook pockets, and more... The bundle includes **EVERYTHING** from each individual volume and is packed-full of math-awesomeness.

As I correct and refine, I add new things and make the volumes more efficient. I have truly fallen in love with this this set of task cards - it's a labor-of-love. Again, I truly feel your students will love this as much as me.

You can find the resources by clicking the individual pictures at the top of the post.

Are you a classroom teacher, admistrator, or homeschooling family that needs an effective report cards for your record keeping purposes? I know that I am, and I hate paying for one each year.

Well, one day I decided to do something about my expensive report card angst and MADE SOME!

They don't have to specifically be used in homeschool, they can be used for classroom purposes too.

There are 2 designs for each school level; Elementary, Middle, and High School.

Click on the pictures below to visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store and grab your set! You can use them through your child's entire school experience.

They are $6 for the set. If you add up how much I have spent on them over the past few years, you will save around $70 after purchasing these!

It is important to save money when you are homeschooling, it gets expensive.

- Put card-stock in your printer
- Print the first side.
- Feed the paper back through by laying it in the tray print side up EXACTLY the way it came out of the printer.
- Fold down the middle after printing.