This problem set is based on the problem types outlined for grade three in the Common Core Standards. They involve Equal Groups and Arrays/Area with varied unknowns (Unknown Product and Group Size Unknown).
The workspace provided for students also emphasizes the importance of using a variety of representations. They include a mix of: “groups of” pictures, arrays, t-tables, equations and solution sentences relating back to the story.
The ten problems can either be used with all students, in the order presented, to scaffold more difficult problem types OR they can be used in pairs to differentiate for higher level learners while all students are working to solve a similar problem.