Find a Friend is a cooperative learning structure that gets students up and moving, as well as interacting with each other. Students will practice solving multiplication and division word problems using this activity.
This version is Common Core aligned to the Operations and Algebraic Thinking standard 3.OA.A.3: "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."
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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