Real Ponies Steal Carrots--use this acronym and foldable to help your students break down any multiplication word problem! The acronym stands for read, plan, solve, and check. This foldable can be used as a visual way to introduce the steps. Students should read the problem and underline key words, plan how they are going to set the problem up, solve it, and then check their work. On the outside of the foldable will be the words of the silly acronym and then on the inside, each step is explained in its own flap where students will work through the problem given. This should be copied double-sided so that students can fold it and cut the flaps so they can see one step at a time.
Alternate acronym: Have students create their own to fit the letters and see what they come up with!