Understanding multiplication (and its relationship to division) is a major math standard for 3rd grade. In the past few weeks, students have learned a variety of strategies to help them understand & represent multiplication as equal groups. Here are some the strategies students have learned:
While students have been learning to apply these strategies to solve story problems, they are expected to be able to fluently (i.e. memorized within 35 seconds) multiply facts by the end of the school year.
You can do a quick Google search for multiplication fact games & tablet applications. You can also have your child study their facts the old fashioned way by making flashcards.
Xtra Math is also a great resource for math fact practice!
You can do a quick Google search for multiplication fact games & tablet applications. You can also have your child study their facts the old fashioned way by making flashcards.
Xtra Math is also a great resource for math fact practice!
Multiplication videos
Multiplication War
If you have a deck of cards at home, you can play Multiplication War with your child to practice their multiplication facts! Here are the rules:
1. Shuffle a deck of cards and deal them face down, giving each player an equal number of cards until the deck runs out. Each player keeps their cards in a stack.
* Aces = 1
* Jacks = 11
* Queens = 12
* Kings = wild card (any number between 112)
2. Each player turns two of their cards face up, reads the multiplication number sentence and says the answer. The player with highest product wins the four cards and keeps them in a pile. For example, if you drew 3 x 4 = 12 and your child drew 5 x 6 = 30, your child would keep the cards.
3. If each player has the same product, add the numbers together! The player with the highest sum wins all the cards. For example, if you drew 8 x 3 = 24 and your child drew 4 x 6 = 24, add 8 + 3 = 11 and 4 + 6 = 10. You would keep the cards because you had the highest sum (i.e. 11).
4. If you draw the exact same cards (e.g. both of your drew 4 x 3 = 12), both players can flip over another card and add all three numbers together; the highest sum wins the cards.
5. Once you run out of cards, each player counts their cards. The player with the most cards wins.
If you would like, you can keep track of the multiplication number sentences each player draws using the Multiplication War Sheet I've created. I've also attached some resources for you to download in order to help your child practice their multiplication facts at home.
1. Shuffle a deck of cards and deal them face down, giving each player an equal number of cards until the deck runs out. Each player keeps their cards in a stack.
* Aces = 1
* Jacks = 11
* Queens = 12
* Kings = wild card (any number between 112)
2. Each player turns two of their cards face up, reads the multiplication number sentence and says the answer. The player with highest product wins the four cards and keeps them in a pile. For example, if you drew 3 x 4 = 12 and your child drew 5 x 6 = 30, your child would keep the cards.
3. If each player has the same product, add the numbers together! The player with the highest sum wins all the cards. For example, if you drew 8 x 3 = 24 and your child drew 4 x 6 = 24, add 8 + 3 = 11 and 4 + 6 = 10. You would keep the cards because you had the highest sum (i.e. 11).
4. If you draw the exact same cards (e.g. both of your drew 4 x 3 = 12), both players can flip over another card and add all three numbers together; the highest sum wins the cards.
5. Once you run out of cards, each player counts their cards. The player with the most cards wins.
If you would like, you can keep track of the multiplication number sentences each player draws using the Multiplication War Sheet I've created. I've also attached some resources for you to download in order to help your child practice their multiplication facts at home.

