I created this work page as a pre-assessment before I explicitly taught any multiplication lessons to my students. My main goal was to see how my students were able to represent their thinking involving real-world multiplication problems. I allowed them ample work space to answer three separate math stories in order to uncover background knowledge and drive my future instruction.
This three-question, simple page can reveal many things about your students without overwhelming them. Some may draw detailed pictures, but might make a mistake and come up with an incorrect product. Some may solve with repeated addition, which is a great strategy for beginners. Others may know more about multiplication than they (and/or you) even realize! This would be a nice pre-assessment or even a homework assignment.