Third grade is the year of multiplication. Though it was most likely introduced to kids in second grade, third grade is when kids are tasked with mastering their times tables and developing a stronger understanding of this key operation. This guided lesson in understanding multiplication can help give third graders a leg up. For even more practice, consider downloading the recommended multiplication worksheets that accompany the lesson.
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Something is not right at this petting zoo. In Skip Counting at the Zoo, third graders get practice with skip counting as they drag and drop mutated animals into a pen to match the numbers. Some animals have one leg, while others have seven or more! Once they correctly match the number, they will need to also match the multiplication expression to move on to the next question. Skip counting is a great tool that helps children understand the concept of multiplication by putting items in equal groups.
Yum, candy! Make multiplication a little sweeter with this candy shop array. By listening to the narrator, second graders can find candy jars containing the correct multiplication array. To do so, they'll count rows and columns, gaining understanding of one-digit multiplication in the process. Also great for third graders, this math game is a tasty way for kids to practice multiplication.
Make a splash with multiplication! In this math game, kids calculate the area of a family's pool with an array. Perfect for practicing simple multiplication or repeated addition, this game helps players understand how to multiply using concrete manipulatives. In addition, kids are challenged to answer a word problem about fun pool add-ons, taking the math practice to the next level.