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It’s a Fact! Third Graders Illustrate a Multiplication Problem

written by: Patricia Gable • edited by: Tricia Goss • updated: 2/1/2016

Just when students are feeling comfortable and confident about addition and subtraction, we introduce multiplication! Here is an activity to show students that there are different ways to solve a multiplication problem.

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    Third Graders Illustrate a Multiplication ProblemS Interpret products of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 5 x 7 as the total number of objects in 5 groups of 7 objects each. MA3-OA-A-1

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    Materials and Preparation

    “Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream" by Cindy Neuschwander

    White 12" x 18" construction paper, one piece per student



    Variety of stickers, beans, buttons, etc.

    Slips of paper, each with a different single digit multiplication problem (one for each student)

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    Show students the book “Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream" and say, “Poor Amanda! She loves to count, but she is having trouble counting larger groups of things in a fast way. Maybe she will be convinced that there is an easier way!"

    Read and discuss the book and then provide supplies for students to show four ways to solve a multiplication problem.

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    Ask students to create a poster illustrating an array, repeated addition, fact family and groups as a way to find the product of the problem.

    • Give each student a slip of paper with a multiplication problem on it.
    • Provide white paper, glue, markers, crayons and a variety of objects such as stickers, beans, buttons, etc.
    • Show students how to fold the 12”x18” piece of paper to make four equal sections.
    • Label each section: “Repeated Addition,” “An Array,” “Fact Family” and “Groups.”
    • If necessary, do an example together.
    • Encourage students to make their projects neat, colorful and accurate!


  • Neuschwander, Cindy. Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream. Scholastic Press, 1998.