Multiplication Array Community: A Math and Social Studies Project

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2nd - 4th
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I used this for my lesson during an observation and the Principal loved how it incorporated social studies, math and art. We did this over the course of 4 days and it was fantastic!
This was a nice beginning of the year activity. I used watercolors instead of markers and they came out nice.


Make teaching multiplication arrays fun and engaging with this interdisciplinary Math, Social Studies, and Art project! This exciting cross curricular project is the perfect way to get your students learning about types of communities while applying the concept of multiplication arrays to their artwork.

Throughout this four lesson mini-unit of study (in which actual LESSON PLANS are included), the students will learn about three basic types of communities -- Urban, Suburban, and Rural. They will create an interactive notebook page and anchor chart detailing the communities. The students will draw their own three-part community in a directed drawing "one-point perspective" lesson. Adding buildings to their community drawing will involve the creation of multiplication arrays with basic multiplication facts. Finally, the students will create a step book to share the mathematics behind their arrays.

Included in this resource:

  • Step by Step lesson plans
  • Interactive Notebook Pages
  • Communities Anchor Chart example
  • Directed Drawing instructions
  • Multiplication Tables for Arrays in 3 differentiated skill levels
  • Step Book Printables
  • Suggested display options
  • 4 Point Grading Rubric

Once the project is completed, you will have a project fit for display on a bulletin board! The students will be able to showcase three curricular areas in this one project.

This classroom tested project is something I have used in my own third grade classroom with great success. The students enjoyed the process of learning about community types, creating their own drawings, and then adding in the multiplication table arrays on top of it all.

Prep is easy and painless. Everything you need for a winning cross curriculum project is here! This mini-unit is a great way to hit many different standards across the curriculum AND have a wonderful display of student work. A grading rubric (on a 4 point scale) is included to help you assess the final products your students create.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Born2SingForever says, "I used this for my lesson during an observation and the Principal loved how it incorporated social studies, math and art. We did this over the course of 4 days and it was fantastic!"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Chelsea T. says, "I love how this activity ties in math and our social studies unit. My students enjoyed the activity!"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ CJohnson says, "My students loved this activity! It was the perfect way to combine social studies and math!"

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Total Pages
19 pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Interpret products of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 5 × 7 as the total number of objects in 5 groups of 7 objects each. For example, describe a context in which a total number of objects can be expressed as 5 × 7.
Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.


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