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!
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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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
Fantastic!! Such a big hit! Letting other 3rd grade teachers in my building know where they can find it! Thanks!
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.
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 order of the factors (numbers) does not matter the product will be the same.
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 grouping of a multiplication sentence does not matter, the product will be the same. So in other words, the parenthesis can move on each side of the number sentence, but the numbers do not change places.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
Multiplication and division can be tough! I honestly wish I would have known about multiplication and division centers for 3rd grade sooner! My first few years teaching, I struggled finding quality resources to teach multiplication and division fluency. Teachers Pay Teachers was in the early stages and I found a few free resources to implement.
I gave my students timed test Monday, Wednesday, and Friday! I am not dogging on timed tests, merely stating my lack of preparedness for teaching math. Also, I was provided a set of workbooks and textbooks that had a copyright date of 1997. Yeah, my first year teaching was in 2012, so you do the math.
There are two things that I learned about later that truly would have helped me provide a more quality education to my math students in my first two years of teaching. I am SUPER embarrassed to admit what I just shared, but I truly did not know any better.
Which leads me to the two things I wish I would have know about my first year teaching; math centers and guided math. These two things would have CHANGED my math teacher world!
At the current time I have not made any of my own guided math resources, but I have been working on things to use for math centers.
As teachers and home educators it is important to find effective and engaging ways to reinforce multiplication and division fluency outside of timed-worksheets. Math centers are a great way to make multiplication engaging and start building number sense early.
Math centers and math rotations are a type of independent practice with a game, technology, activity, or set of task cards. During this time students have a chance to apply the skills and strategies that they learn during guided practice.
Most teachers are probably familiar with math centers and how to implement them in their classrooms. However, new teachers and home educators that I know don't tend to understand what they are (with the exclusion of a few, especially former teachers).
For that reason, my goal is to encourage more new teachers and home educators to start using math centers in their classroom/home. Also, to provide both teachers and home educators an original and creative multiplication and division resource to use in their math centers. Well, that and offer a few ideas on cute storage ideas. You know, that need to organize is in all of us. It's just an educator thing!
Here, let me give you an overview of what is included in my Operations and Algebraic Thinking Mega Bundle for 3rd-Grade. You can read more about the standards here.
My smaller sets of task cards fit perfectly in these Dollar Tree lock boxes.
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