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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 Game 

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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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 unit  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 ¼ 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: Review—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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Back to School

My students headed back to school on July 11th, but I know that most people are heading back to school pretty soon! I am so excited about this year because I’ve got a new classroom layout, new ways to engage my students (cooperative learning structures I am now in love with!), and I’ve created some back to school games and packets to help it all run smoothly!


The first thing I created was my Back to School Math Packets for Kindergarten to Fourth Grade to start the beginning of the year. I’m going to show you the third grade one, but head on over to the product to see the one appropriate for your grade level!

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These packets are filled with three weeks (15 days) of material to show you what your kids remember from the previous grade!

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They are also great as a spiral review. Finally, every single page has a fun fact about the back to school season written at the bottom!

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Here are the links to each one in case you’re interested!

-Kindergarten Back to School Math Packet

-First Grade Back to School Math Packet

-Second Grade Back to School Math Packet

-Third Grade Back to School Math Packet

-Fourth Grade Back to School Math Packet


The other product I have been working on lately is called “School Supply Problems” and it’s my students’ favorite back to school game we’ve been playing so far this year!


Students are each given a fake school supply list and a book bag. All supplies go in the shopping cart. They draw a game card and answer the question on the card. If a student gets the answer correct, they close their eyes and get to choose a school supply from the shopping cart.


Students then check to see if they need the supply or not. If they do, it goes in their book bag. If they don’t, it goes back in their shopping cart! I also throw in some chance cards to mix the game up a bit!


The first student to get all items on their school supply list wins the game! I made 33 of these so there’s a wide variety of topics and grade levels included from Kindergarten to Sixth Grade!


The first week of school, my third graders used the addition and subtraction fact cards to practice their math fact fluency. The second week of school, I swapped out the cards for my multi-digit addition and subtraction cards.

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The great thing about having so many different versions is that you can differentiate for the kids in your class. With 33 of these, you’re bound to find a few that you like.


Here’s the list to see them all at once! Click each one to view it up close!

Back to School Games:

-Parts of Speech

-Ten Frames

-Place Value Within 20

-Place Value Within 100

-Place Value Within 1000

-Addition Facts (0-20)

-Subtraction Facts (0-20)

-Round to Nearest Ten Within 100

-Round to Nearest Ten Within 1000

-Round to Nearest Hundred Within 1000

-Rounding Within 1,000,000


-Multiplication Strategies

-Division Strategies

-Multiplication Facts

-Division Facts

-Multiplication and Division Missing Factors

-Multiplication and Division Word Problems

-Multiplying by Tens

-Area of Rectangles

-Perimeter of Rectangles

-Identifying Fractions

-Adding and Subtracting Fractions (Same Denominators)

-Adding and Subtracting Fractions (Different Denominators)

-Reducing Fractions

-Comparing Fractions

-Multiply Fractions by Fractions

-Multiply Fractions by Whole Numbers

-Dividing Fractions by Fractions

-Dividing Fractions by Whole Numbers

-Adding and Subtracting Decimals

-Multiplying Decimals


You can pick them up at my TPT store today! Best of luck in the back to school season!






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