Find a Friend is a cooperative learning structure that gets students up and moving, as well as interacting with each other. Students will practice their multiplication word problem skills using this activity.
This activity is aligned to the Operations and Algebraic Thinking common core standard 3.OA.A.1: "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."
In my classroom, we use Find a Friend in many ways:
-As a fun alternative to independent practice
-As a review before quizzes
-For spiral review of previously learned concepts
-Prior to high-stakes testing
Depending on the concept, students may spend 15-30 minutes completing the activity.
An answer key and directions for this activity are included.
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