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Animal Spots: Multiplication Practice

Animals and spots are used to make multiplication interesting! In this lesson, students will practice multiplying one digit numbers.
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Students will be able to multiply one digit numbers.

(5 minutes)
  • Tell your students that they will be using animal pictures to help them understand and practice multiplication.
(10 minutes)
  • Show your students the Animal Multiplication worksheet.
  • Explain that they will be using the animals and their spots to determine the multiplication problem and to figure out the answer.
  • Go through each problem with the class. For example, for question one, there are three deer, so have your students put the number 3 next to the deer label.
  • There are three spots on each deer, so direct your students to put the number 3 next to the spots label.
  • If there are three deer with three spots on each deer, explain to your students that they will need to multiply 3 by 3.
  • If they are struggling with this concept, remind them that 3 x 3 is the same as 3 + 3 + 3. When they figure out their answers, ask them to write it in the appropriate space.
(10 minutes)
  • Continue through the Animal Multiplication worksheet with the students until it is complete.
  • Show students simple steps on how to draw an animal. Demonstrate that an animal is made up of simple shapes such as circles, squares, and triangles.
  • Ask your students to think of an animal that they like and can draw.
(15 minutes)
  • Have your students draw a minimum of three of the same animal.
  • Instruct your students to place the same amount of spots on each animal, with a minimum of three spots on each.
  • Once their pictures are completed, ask your students to write out number sentences that go with their pictures. For example, 3 animals with four spots each would have the number sentence 3 x 4 = 12.
  • Enrichment: Direct your students to draw more than five animals and more than five spots on each animal. Have them multiply these numbers.
  • Support: On the worksheet and during the drawing activity, have your students focus on numbers less than three.
(5 minutes)
  • Walk around while your students are completing the Animal Multiplication worksheet and their own animal multiplication drawings. Make sure that they are accurately multiplying the one digit numbers.
(5 minutes)
  • Have your students share their animal multiplication drawings with the class.

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