Lesson Plan:

Animal Spots: Multiplication Practice

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August 16, 2015
by Ginger Bruster
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August 16, 2015
by Ginger Bruster

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to multiply one digit numbers.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Tell your students that they will be using animal pictures to help them understand and practice multiplication.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (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.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (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.

Independent Working Time (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.


Assessment (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.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Have your students share their animal multiplication drawings with the class.

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