My goal was to create something that fulfills CCSS 3.NBT.3 (multiplying whole numbers by 10, though I’ve added 100s and 1000s!) For those student who are ready for a push beyond the computation, I’ve included a fantastic story problem writing component! Your students can write and solve their own (or a classmate’s) story problems.
Included in this download are two sets of orange numeral cards 0-9, and blue multiple cards (for the 10s, 100s, and 1000s.) Students will take one orange card and one blue card, and multiply them. The recording sheets also direct them to show their work. I’ve included both a whole-page and half-page version of the recording sheets, depending on what your students might need.
There are other options for you to consider with this activity. You could have kids take two orange numeral cards, add them, then multiply them with the multiple card. You could only include certain multiple cards. For example, just use the hundreds, or just use the multiples that start with 6,7,8,9 (or whatever you choose – those just happen to be tricky facts and almost always need extra practice!)
For the story problems, students will choose numeral and multiple cards again, but then write a word problem that uses that multiplication scenario. They must then solve their multiplication problem. Or better yet, have them solve a classmate’s problem! Either way, this activity provides a good opportunity to discuss what it means to challenge themselves appropriately. Neither too hard or too easy, it should be just right. I’ve included 1- and 2-page versions of that recording sheet, again based on what your kids need. I found this year that some of my third graders were still struggling with refining their printing, and small work spaces were just too tricky and frustrating for them.
Thanks for checking it out!
Multiplying by tens, hundreds, thousands