As the Gifted Intervention Specialist in my school, I am constantly creating ways for my teachers to keep my students challenged while I am not co-teaching or pulling them out.
This activity was perfect for my 3rd graders to work on independently after demonstrating mastery of two-digit multiplication. What makes it nice for the teacher is that there is no prep, and I wrote enough instructions (and included examples) so that students can follow it without having lots of questions!
I also mixed in creative questions with your typical math questions - exposing students to things like Latitude and Longitude and even having them personify a number!
For my lesson ideas and some free downloads, check out my blog at www.creativeteachersclassroom.com