# Multiplication Project - Real Life Math for 3rd and 4th - Design a Playground

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**This resource is included in PDF format for printing and in Google Slides**™️** format for digital learning. This makes it useable with Google Classroom**™️**.**

Are you looking for a way to reinforce essential math concepts in an engaging way that helps your students make connections? “Design a Playground” is a **real-life math project** where students will complete eleven different tasks, each one focusing on multiplication skills. This project will help your students see how multiplication is used in real life.

You might choose to print specific tasks to use during Math centers, or you might make a booklet out of all of the tasks and let your students choose which one to do when. The choice is yours.

Take a look at what you’ll find inside this math project:

**TASK #1: FUNDRAISING**

Your town is fundraising for the new playground. Let’s take a look at two of the different fundraisers – the fundraising BBQ and the gala.

*Multiplication Skills: facts to 12x12, skip-counting*

*Other Skills: addition*

**TASK #2: PLANNING THE PLAYGROUND**

It’s time to plan the layout of the new playground! The playground will consist of 3 different areas: the Picnic Area, the Play Zone, and the Fun and Games Area.

*Multiplication Skills: area*

**TASK #3: THE SANDBOX**

It’s time to build a nice big sandbox for the new playground. You’ve got the materials – now let’s build!

*Multiplication Skills: area*

*Other Skills: ordering*

**TASK #4: PLAYGROUND PROBLEM-SOLVING**

Let’s solve some playground problems.

*Multiplication Skills: fact families, arrays, repeated addition, skip-counting, groups of*

**TASK #5: TREE PLANTING**

You’ll be planting a few rows of trees throughout the playground. But first, you need to plan!

*Multiplication Skills: arrays, fact families, repeated addition*

**TASK #6: THE GRAND OPENING**

The playground is complete and it’s Grand Opening day!

*Multiplication Skills: problem-solving, repeated addition, skip-counting, basic facts*

**TASK #7: MOST POPULAR GAME**

Complete the picture to find out what the most popular game at the Grand Opening was!

*Multiplication Skills: basic facts to 12x12*

**TASK #8: BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT**

There’s a basketball competition happening at the playground today! Let’s see who wins!

*Multiplication Skills: arrays, basic multiplication*

**TASK #9: MOST POPULAR ITEMS**

The new playground is a huge hit! Let’s take a look at the most popular playground items today.

*Multiplication Skills: multiplying by 10*

*Other Skills: ordering, subtraction*

**TASK #10: PLAYGROUND JOKES**

Use multiplication to find the answers to the playground jokes.

*Multiplication Skills: basic facts to 12x12*

**TASK #11: PICNIC PROBLEMS**

The picnic area is a popular place for families and groups to get together. Use multiplication to solve the problems.

*Multiplication Skills: problem solving, fact families*

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**WAYS TO USE MATH PROJECTS IN YOUR CLASSROOM:**

Math projects are an ideal way to consolidate learning. I recommend using them as an engaging activity AFTER skills have been learned rather than during learning. You will likely find that engagement is very high and that your students ask to do more of these!

There are many ways to use math projects in your classroom. Some of the most popular are:

•a small-group or pairs activity

•a guided math activity to allow you to see where your students are struggling

•a fun, rewarding way to engage your early finishers

•a low-prep, easy-to-implement activity for a substitute teacher

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Enjoy!

Shelley Gray