This unit includes 8 important lessons with activities and examples. I believe in teaching why before how using the CRA (Concrete - Representational - Abstract) model. Using this unit has been extremely worthwhile for my students and me. My partner teacher and I are the only 3rd grade math teachers in our Title I school, teaching almost 200 kids of all abilities, and our test scores show our success. For two years in a row (2012 and 2013 transitioning from GPS to CCGPS), we have had 95% or better pass the Math CRCT in 3rd grade with 65% or better exceeding, and students have a much deeper understanding of multiplication, which has followed them to 4th and 5th grades.
This is Unit 1 for introducing multiplication (CC.3.OA.1), which includes 8 whole group/small group lessons with activities and instructions. Unit 2 (sold separately) is great for math centers for students to use in a small group setting or to do individually immediately following Unit 1. Certainly, you can use problems from your own text or resources for these lessons, but I have found that following this order ensures a deeper understanding of multiplication from the top to the bottom. Students are ready to work independently and move on to Unit 2.
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How did I develop this unit? I have adapted many strategies I have read about and practiced and have found that this is what has been most successful for me over the years. I have learned about teaching multiplication from sources in college, in teacher resource books, and from fellow/veteran teachers. I have learned what works from my kids.
***I found a mistake after submitting this unit for sale. Please note that when I referred to Cuisenaire Rods, I meant Unifix Cubes. Thank you :)