Understanding multiplication word problems in 3rd-grade can be daunting for sure. Truthfully, all the methods can be in place and your lesson can still fall flat. Personally, I feel that in this case, the one thing that is missing deals with whether or not the student is engaged and having fun.

Also, I feel like sometimes required curriculum can fail us, even if it is standards-based.

One day, I tried to dream up an activity that paired with my favorite math strategy **(CUBES)**, that would be a big hit and hit the standards.

Then, I realized, the most popular thing among students that I know... is their phone... How cute is the phone theme?!

These multiplication within 100 task cards pair perfect with my **CUBES math strategy flip book**.

The fun thing about these cards that you can share with your students - the names are from my daughter, family, and pets!

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Personally, I like to laminate the task cards for durability and reuse. Of course, this step is optional, but super efficient.

Use the task cards in math centers, math rotations, etc...

**C.U.B.E.S. math strategy** is commonly used to teach students how to deconstruct word problems to make them easier to solve.

**Circle** all the important numbers, **underline** the question, **box** all the important math words, **evaluate** the important words that you may have left out and eliminate what you don't need, and **solve** the word problem.

This flip book is a compact way for students to review the steps at home or at school. Plus, I always think providing parents with manipulatives to help their kiddos reinforce what they are being taught is a **FABULOUS THING**! AND this flip book is not 3rd-grade specific so it can be used for many years.

I hate it when I invest in something and later feel like what I purchased was not worth what I paid.

Alternately, I love it when I can provide teachers and homeschool parents with quality resources that they can utilize.

For that reason, I compiled a free resource containing ONE task card out of every task card in my MEGA bundle. That way, teachers can try the resource before they make an investment.

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It's December 1st, and these color by number multiplication worksheets are just the thing to add to your winter curriculum. The worksheets are great for math centers, early finishers, "be good rewards", practice, etc...

In fact, many teachers (who have purchased my CBN resources), have stated exactly those things.

Color by number worksheets are not only fun for students, they also help them with multiplication fluency.

I personally love using themed-worksheets for seasons and holidays -- I feel it helps students become aware of the specific time and even celebrate.

At the current time, I have **TWO** sets of New Year's color by number. Their only differences are coloring and the amount of multiplication sentences on each sheets.

**Version 1** is truly beautiful -- it has **MORE** multiplication sentences than version 2, BUT the colors are not as common. The uncommon colors are only a problem because most 24-count crayons most likely don't have the colors listed.

In fact, I had to turn to **Crayola**™ to name the colors!

With that said, the worksheets are beautiful! If you have a creative class, these worksheets are perfect! Also, early finishers will probably enjoy the challenge.

****QUICK TIP**: As the teacher, you could prepare the crayons **BEFORE** they are used in centers, etc... This will definitely cut down on confusion and make these worksheets a colorful blessing.

New Year's worksheets **Version 2** are **24-crayon count compatible**, **diverse**, and **SUPER CUTE**! I absolutely adore that the these worksheets accommodate diverse skin tones!

**Version 2** New Year's worksheets have fewer multiplication sentences than Version 1, but **ARE SO CUTE**!

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These winter-themed color by number worksheets are always a big hit!

Whether you need multiplication or division, these check all the boxes!

If you have read any of my blog post at all, you know I LOVE FLIP BOOKS! There is just something about them that students love. Plus, they are great manipulatives + reference tools. Consequently, these **best-selling multiplication facts flip book** been a big hit and gotten **AMAZING** feedback.

The **multiplication facts fluency** flip books have been constructed to introduce multiplication facts in the order in which I prefer to teach them. This is based on the study of teaching the easiest facts first; **0, 1, 5, **and** 10**. Next, **2, 4, **and** 8**. Next, **3, 6, **and** 9**. Last, the facts for **7 (see the photo above)**.

Students are asked to say the **multiplication sentence** then, write the **multiplication sentence**. In this step you could also encourage you students to use the **commutative property** to write the **multiplication sentence** in another way.

The multiplication fluency flip book covers **facts 0-10 **and recently added by request, **facts 0-12**.

This multiplication facts flip book is the **SECOND BEST-****SELLER** in my Teachers Pay Teachers store (which is amazing because it is one of my newer resources).

Many people use the flip books in interactive notebooks for students to reference when they need them. This is a great idea and, in my opinion, very beneficial.

Alternatively, I personally like the idea of putting them at math center stations and in math toolboxes. The flip books can be just as beneficial as multiplication charts.

**Tip: The flip books take a bit of time to construct, so make sure you have planned properly. Though, teachers have said the flip books were **absolutely** worth the time.

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I love flip books! There is just something extremely satisfying about putting together a beautiful + functional manipulative for the classroom. Honestly, that is why I call my favorite flip book the one epic multiplication strategies flip book for 3rd grade. Yes, I'm serious!

Let me tell **MORE** about **WHY**:

**The multiplication strategies flip book** covers: equal groups, arrays, repeated addition, number lines, skip counting.

Each strategy has 3 examples and a definition. For example, equal groups includes a model of **4 equal groups of 4**, explains that **"4 groups of 4 equals 16"**, and a number sentence that explains** 4 x 4 = 16**.

Consequently, this flip book is the **#1** **BEST SELLER **in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

There are many situations that this flip book can be beneficial in your classroom. Next, I will list few ideas, and if you have a brilliant idea that you want me to share, you can leave them in the comments below or tag me on Instagram **@mrs.raven.cruz** or Facebook **Math with Raven **with a photograph of how you used them in your class/homeschool. You never know, I may just share your photo.

- Interactive notebooks
- Math centers
- Rotations
- Small Groups
- Math Tool Boxes
- For Intervention

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**

Second, are 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.**

Also, 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.

Third, 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**

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...**

Fourth, 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..... **

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I love flip books! I especially love quality flip books that truly help **third-grade** students comprehend a difficult standard. These flip books are cheap properties of multiplication tools to stop the agony in your centers, etc...

I promise, I am not tooting my own horn! These flip books guide students, step-by-step, through the **commutative**
**property**, **associative property**, and **distributive property of multiplication**.

As noted above, these flip books guide students through the commutative, associative, and distributive property of multiplication.

First, the definition is written in terms that students can understand.

Then, The students are shown what the definition means.

Next, a tip is given so students further conceptualize what they just read.

Last, the flip books allow students to "try it for themselves".

Many people use the flip books in interactive notebooks for students to reference when they need them. This is a great idea and, in my opinion, very beneficial.

Alternatively, I personally like the idea of putting them at math center stations and in math toolboxes. The flip books can be just as beneficial as multiplication charts.

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.

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What's so great about these properties of multiplication task cards? Personally, I think it is because they come with interactive notebook inserts. Plus, they break down the commutative, associative, and distributive property down for third-grade students to understand.

If you use the task cards for math centers, you can print them on card-stock and laminate. These two steps help with durability and in turn save money because you don't have to reproduce them so often. Alternately, if you don't print them on card-stock, you can always print them on colored paper.

On an opposite note, the properties of multiplication can be a hard task for third-grade students. Third-grade is a hard year (in my professional opinion) for math altogether. Consequently, this is why I worked hard to develop an engaging and useful resource to help reinforce teachers' properties of multiplication curriculum in third-grade.

The resource comes with the three required properties: commutative, associative, and distributive, as well as an interactive notebook insert.

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.

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I love getting free quality math resources! Seriously, being a teacher can be expensive! Plus, we love to spend money on our students so when we can save money -- we need to do it. Not only will this distributive property of multiplication freebie for **third-grade** math save you money, it is truly a helpful freebie.

The properties of multiplication are hard enough to teach, I want to provide something engaging + useful for teachers to use with their curriculum. The task cards work great in math centers, math rotations, etc...

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You can **grab this free distributive property resource**** **in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. The free resource is a sneak peek into what comes in the full **Properties of Multiplication Task Card** product.

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.

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Back-to-school season can be stressful! With all of the classroom and homeschool prep, we as teachers need something easy and fun we can give our students that doesn't require a massive amount of prep. My personal favorite "go to" worksheet to have on hand are these **back-to-school multiplication color-by-number worksheets **for third-grade and fourth-grade math.

Also, one of the biggest sellers in my Teachers Pay Teachers store are multiplication color-by-number worksheets.

These **multiplication color-by-number worksheets** are **ALWAYS** a big hit in my classroom! Students can sharpen their multiplication fluency and automaticity skills. Plus, 3rd-graders like to color too!

Well, at least my students have always enjoyed activities that allow them to color. Upper

**Multiplication mystery** pictures are a little different than color-by-number worksheets in that students can't tell what the picture is going to be. Also, mystery picture worksheets are more rigorous than color-by-number worksheets in that they have **A LOT** more multiplication problems.

**Use the back-to-school multiplication color-by-number worksheets in math centers, math rotations, sub-tubs, etc... They are a fun and easy way for students to practice multiplication in 3rd and 4th-grade.**

Personally, I am always trying to find **NEW WAYS** to excite students. These task cards fit in a 4" by 6" photo box. Use them at math centers, math rotations, or just for practice!

Click on the photographs to see them now!

If you enjoy task cards, you may enjoy this **post**.

Whether the summer season for you is 3 months or your school is year round, students still need to practice multiplication fact fluency. Multiplication worksheets are a great way for students to keep their fluency sharp and reduce the learning gap to the next grade.

Below I have compiled a list of **10 multiplication worksheets for summer practice **+ activities that your students or homeschool students will love. They are complete with customer reviews, start ratings, and photographs.

**Cinco de Mayo Worksheets: Fact Families****Multiplication Worksheet Summer Fun Bundle****4th of July Math - Multiplication Bundle****4th of July Math - Activity Bundle for 3rd-Grade (contains multiplication, division, and fact families)****Fact Family Worksheets****Multiplication Worksheets - Ninja-themed****Property of Multiplication Worksheet Bundle - 3rd Grade****FREEBIE Multiplication Fluency Task Card Sample****Multiplication Strategies Task Card Bundle****Operations and Algebraic Thinking Task Card - Mega Bundle**

First, **I LOVE** this 4th of July Multiplication spread! Each resource was specifically developed for **summer multiplication fluency practice** and have been a **big hit**! Feedback for this resources has been super helpful!

To keep this post compact and easy-to-read, I won't go into big detail about each of these bundles. You can find the links above or click on the photograph that you want to learn more about.

Oh my goodness! Combining math and history? Yes, please. I really love this resource. It's so original and comprehensive. My students are going to love learning more about the 4th of July while playing and solving problems.

--Happy Customer

This product is so well put together. It's full of so many amazing worksheets for my students to use to practice their multiplication facts!

**--Happy Customer**

The summer-themed multiplication bundle below comes with multiplication fluency worksheets, task cards, and a product game. Purchase the bundle and have it bound (like I did) to keep all the activities together for your kiddo.

It's hot off the press so it does not have feedback as of the date of this blog post. Summer Fun is an a** pretty special bundle** though, I can vouch for that.

Click on the photograph to download the preview to see what's included.

Next, let me tell you more about task cards. Task cards aren't worksheets per say, BUT they are equally easy to prep and engaging. Unless you're extra like me... I like to print them on card stock + laminate + buy cute containers to store them.

Let me get to the point. Task cards can be less intimidating for your students because they are dealing with one problem at a time. Students can record their answers on a recording sheet and move to the next task card.

Also, it is **SUPER EASY** to differentiate task cards! You can pull out the task cards that are too easy or difficult for your students.

I have listed an **AMAZING** set of task cards for 3rd-grade math below. Feedback and photographs have been provided for your viewing or you can click on the pics to visit the resource itself.

I can’t seem to pick my jaw up off the floor! This bundle is PERFECTION - it’s absolutely amazing! You are truly an amazing teacher and designer of products. This bundle comes with everything a teacher could need for enhancing multiplication skills! Thank you so much!

**--Happy Customer**

Wow, this bundle is AMAZING! It has everything you need for multiplication and division practice for the whole year, and I love how engaging the interactive notebook activities are. Thank you for the super useful resource!

**--Happy Customer**

In the beginning trying to get students to memorize** multiplication facts** is not the most successful route to take. Giving students a good base to work off of will generally prove to be more successful in the end. Students need good number sense skills and to truly understand what multiplication means before other activities should be introduced..

How do you start? **Equal groups** or grouping is the first step you should introduce when using **multiplication strategies**. Grouping should be followed by arrays, repeated addition, skip counting, and number lines.

Now, why didn't I introduce this resource first? Well, to be honest, I took into consideration that your student has most likely been introduced to the strategies of multiplication before you began to browse for better things. I felt the need though, to fit this in, just in case the reader is super ahead of the game!

Below are photographs of a resource that provides students with an engaging way to practice the **5 strategies of multiplication**. The resource is super comprehensive and can also be used as an interactive notebook. With a phone/tablet them it is meant to keep students excited + engaged. This resource is a best seller with great feedback. Check out the photos and read what people are saying!

I could not be more satisfied with this product! It is packed with super engaging resources that my students love and truly learn from!

**Tana W.**

**satisfied customer**

Fantastic!! Such a big hit! Letting other 3rd grade teachers in my building know where they can find it! Thanks!

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There are 5 multiplication strategies I use for teaching multiplication with ease. These multiplication strategies include; **grouping**, **arrays**, **repeated addition**, **skip counting**, or **number lines**.

Read more about the multiplication strategies below. Also, see my **resource that compliments** theses strategies.

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**

Second, are 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.**

Also, 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.

Third, 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**

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...**

Fourth, 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..... **

In conclusion, the 5 strategies to teach multiplication with ease include grouping, arrays, repeated addition, skip counting, and number lines.

I offer several resources in my store that help teach these strategies. Browse the photographs below - each photo is hyper-linked to that resource. You can also buy them bundled in **Multiplication Strategies Bundle** and **save $4**.

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