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I’m starting to teach multiplication strategies this week! It is one of my favorite units of the year. I use four strategies to teach multiplication when we first start our unit: equal groups, drawing arrays, repeated addition, and skip counting.


First, I always start with equal groups.

Second, we learn how to draw an array.

Third, we talk about how multiplication is the same as repeated addition.

Last, I teach my class how to skip count.

Skip counting is the method I like them to use ALL year long. The other three methods are great for the beginning, but in the months to come, skip counting is what helps them get the most quick and accurate answers. It also helps them transition and memorize their multiplication facts quicker!

During each unit, I teach my mini-lesson and whole group lesson on Monday. This means we glue each of the strategies into our interactive notebooks on Mondays. We also do some independent practice that day. This helps me decide who will be in each of my groups during math centers the rest of the week (Tuesday through Friday). For the rest of the week, they get to play games and enjoy math centers that help practice the skills we learned on Monday.

Third Grade September Math Centers

I also include some of my Third Grade September Math Centers in my rotations to help spiral review the skills we learned earlier in the year.

Additional Math Centers

I also use these multiplication math centers that practice all of the strategies we have learned. They are easy to understand and great for extra practice.

Skip Counting Posters

I also put up skip counting posters on the wall during the first two months of our multiplication unit as something the kids can refer to as a reference. This helps them start to learn the skip counting sequences by heart.

Other Games

I also want to mention two games that are perfect for teaching multiplication strategies! The first one is called Back to School Problems: Multiplication Strategies. Students have to collect school supplies each time they solve a multiplication equation.

The second game is called Introduction to Multiplication Strategies Sort. The students sort the cards of equal groups, arrays, picture forms, and repeated addition equations to match the correct multiplication equations.

Multiplication Quizzes

After we’ve been practicing these methods for several weeks, I also introduce them to our multiplication fact quizzes because these quizzes help show me who is starting to learn their facts and who needs more practice. I also have an ice cream party with my class at the end of the year for anyone who passes all of their multiplication facts (passing their division facts earns them extra toppings too!).

Finally, here are links to all of the products I talked about above!

How I Teach Multiplication Using Equal Groups

How I Teach Multiplication Using Arrays

How I Teach Multiplication Using Repeated Addition

How I Teach Multiplication Using Skip Counting

Multiplication Strategies BUNDLE!

Third Grade September Math Centers

Multiplication (3.OA.1) Centers

Skip Counting Posters

Multiplication Quizzes

Back to School: School Supply Problems Multiplication Strategies GameΒ 

Intro to Multiplication Strategies Math Sort



How do you teach multiplication each year because I’d love to hear about it!

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Valentine’s Day Math

Valentine’s Day is almost here! I have a lot of Valentine’s Day math packets, puzzles, games, and centers in my TPT store now that I’ve been on TeachersPayTeachers for about a year and a half.


I LOVE math centers and use them on a a weekly basis in my classroom. To make my life a little easier, I’ve started to create Third Grade Monthly Math Centers for each month of the year. Click here for the February Math Centers.Β 


Last year, I created some Valentine’s Day puzzles that my class cannot get enough of. They are so stinkin’ cute!


The cool part about the Valentine’s Day math puzzles is you can print them on colored paper and go, have students color them first, or have students create their own Valentine’s Day puzzle!

These links will take you to each set of puzzles:

Valentine’s Day Multiplication Puzzles

Valentine’s Day Division Puzzles

Valentine’s Day Addition Puzzles

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I also created a spiral review packet for both third grade and kindergarten students for Valentine’s Day. Each page contains a fun fact about Valentine’s Day too! Here they are in action!

You can get part of each of these for FREE too!

Kindergarten Valentine’s Day Math Packet FREEBIE!

Third Grade Valentine’s Day Math Packet FREEBIE!


The last Valentine’s Day item I have in my teacherspayteachers store is a game called “Let’s Decorate Valentines!” and it’s a LOT of fun! Each time a child gets a question correct, they get to add decorations to their Valentine. The first student to get ten decorations on their card wins the game!

The best part about this game is you can reuse with any set of task cards you have!

I have this game available in my store for over 30 skills!

Click this link to check them all out πŸ™‚


Are you doing anything special with your class to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? My class has been tracked-out (on vacation!) for the last three weeks so our first day back will be February 13th. I am super excited to put these games out as math centers next week!

I hope you and your class haveΒ  a wonderful Valentine’s Day filled with love and laughter!





Third Grade Math Standards

Today, I’m talking about how I teach the third grade Common Core Math Standards each year. This is my fourth year teaching third grade and I feel like I have finally structured the Third Grade Math Standards the way that makes the most sense logically. I’ve also created a math unitΒ  and games for each math standard that I’ll be sharing!


Click the hyper-linked pink words to take you to each math unit!

Week 1: Place Value + Addition and Subtraction w/No Regrouping (3.NBT.2)
Week 2: Add and Subtract with Regrouping (3.NBT.2)
Week 3: Rounding to the Nearest Ten and Hundred(3.NBT.1)
Week 4: Geometry (3.G.1)
Week 5: Geometry (3.G.1)
Week 6: Multiplication Strategies: Arrays, Repeated Addition, Equal Groupings, and Skip Counting (3.OA.1)
Week 7: Division Strategies: Repeated Subtraction, Equal Groupings, Skip Counting, and Fact Families (3.OA.2 + 3.OA.6)
Week 8: Fact Families and Unknown Factors (3.OA.4 + 3.OA.6)
Week 9: Multiplication and Division Word Problems (3.OA.3)
Week 10: Multiplication Fact Practice (3.OA.7)
Week 11: Division Fact Practice (3.OA.7)
Week 12: Multiples of 10 (3.NBT.3)
Week 13: Properties of Multiplication and Division (3.OA.5)
Week 14: 2 Step Word Problems (3.OA.8)
Week 15: 2 Step Word Problems (3.OA.8)
Week 16: Patterns (3.OA.9)
Week 17: Pictographs and Bar Graphs (3.MD.3)
Week 18: Measure to Nearest ΒΌ Inch with Ruler (3.MD.4)
Week 19: Tiling with Area/Multiplying to Find Area (3.MD.5+3.MD.6+3.MD.7a+3.MD.7b)
Week 20: Rectilinear Area(3.MD.7d)
Week 21: Perimeter (3.MD.8)
Week 22: Find Unknown Side Length Given Area or Perimeter (3.MD.8) +Area and Perimeter Word Problems
Week 23: Identify and Partition Fractions (3.NF.1 and 3.G.2)
Week 24: Putting Fractions on a Number Line+ Distance Between Fractions on Number Lines (3.NF.2)
Week 25: Equivalent Fractions (3.NF.3a,b)
Week 26: Comparing Fractions (3.NF.3d)
Week 27: Fractions as Whole Numbers (3.NF.3c)
Week 28: Telling Time (3.MD.1)
Week 29: Elapsed Time (3.MD.1)
Week 30: Units of Measurement (grams/kilograms + liters/milliliters) (3.MD.2)
Week 31: Line Plots (3.MD.4)
Week 32: Review –Multiple Choice (All Standards)
Week 33: Review– Multiple Choice (All Standards)
Week 34: Reviewβ€”Multiple Choice (All Standards)

If there isn’t a hyperlink on one of the weeks, it means I’m still in the process of creating those math units.


3rd Grade Math Homework


Two years ago, I spent about six months creating the perfect homework for my third grade students to review all of these essential skills. Each page has 10 problems of NEW material on the front and ten problems of SPIRAL material on the back so students are practicing all concepts taught on a weekly basis.


I have now used it for a whole year and the results in my class were amazing. I love it and I think you will too!


It’s available by quarter or you can get the entire year BUNDLE for 20% off! Check out the first week for FREE here!








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