3.OA.1 TASK CARDS {Meaning of Multiplication}{

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The goal of this bundle is to guide students to understand how multiplication and addition are related. The strategy of knowing that equal groups can be recored as either an addition equation or a multiplication equation will help them to understand the concept of multiplication.

This bundle contains 4 sets of
task cards and a related printable that can be used to document mastery of the skills. 

1) 3.OA.1 MEANING OF MULTIPLICATION CARDS SET 1: Students are provided with 3 expressions (example: 5 groups of 3; 3+3+3+3+3 and 5 X 3) and are asked to create an image to represent them.

2) 3.OA.1 MEANING OF MULTIPLICATION CARDS SET 2: Students are given a multiplication expression and are asked to draw a picture to represent it and find the product.



3) 3.OA.1 MEANING OF MULTIPLICATION CARDS SET 3: Students are shown an image of equal groups and are asked to write an addition equation and a multiplication sentence to represent it.



4) 3.OA.1 MEANING OF MULTIPLICATION CARDS SET 4: The students are provided an equation that shows repeated addition and are asked to write a related multiplication sentence.
5) A printable and a corresponding answer sheet for easy grading that can be used as a pre and/or post assessment, practice page, morning work or homework assignment. It includes questions that are just like the ones used in the 4 task card sets. I use it to document mastery.

This set is ideal for grades 2-3 as well as 4th grade review and for advanced 1st graders.

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Area & Perimeter Task Cards 3.MD.5 / 3.MD.7 {Task Card Tuesday}

Happy Task Card Tuesday!
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In my neck of the woods we've been busy mastering multiplication, division and area and perimeter...kind of at the same time. I created some Common Core activities with a farm theme to help supplement our curriculum. I'll spotlight those after we wrap up the unit, but for now I wanted to share the task cards I created to provide extra practice.



The cards require them to calculate the area or perimeter of a space when provided with the dimensions. There are also three cards that provide them with the perimeter of a space and they are asked to draw a diagram that would equal that.


The set includes task cards, an answer guide, and student recording sheets. All of my task cards can be easily viewed at my Task Card Pinterest Page.  This set reinforces 3.MD.3 and 3.MD.5.




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MULTIPLICATION & DIVISION 3.OA.7 {TASK CARD TUESDAY {on a THURSDAY}


I’ve been on such a task card kick lately that I’ve decided to designate Tuesdays as “Task Card Tuesday” to spotlight all of the new cards we use in my classroom each week. They are the perfect complement to our Math Workshop Board and daily routines and the kids go nuts for them.
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Except that on Tuesday I decided I wanted to share my Valentine math activity so you would have to do it in your classrooms if you wanted to.

And then Wednesday slipped away.

And so alas I bring you "Task Card Tuesday"...on Thursday. :)


My students have been putting in a lot of effort towards mastering their multiplication and division facts. I use my Common Core  Checklist and Student I Can to track student progress so I find it very helpful to have a collection of activities to move them towards mastery and an assessment to document when they have arrived there. 

This week I focused on 3.OA.7 (also known as 3.OA.7.c) with the goal being to demonstrate an understanding of the multiplication and division fact families. I created four sets of cards and a printable that can be used as a pretest/post test, documentation of mastery, homework or simply a practice page. It also includes answer keys for all task card sets and the printable.

The sets are as follows:
1) 3.OA.7 FACT FAMILY CARDS SET 1: Students are provided with a multiplication or division equation and are asked to record an equation using the opposite operation.

2) 3.OA.7 FACT FAMILY CARDS SET 2: Students are given 3 out of 4 equations from a X / ÷ fact family and are asked to record the missing equation.

3) OA.7 FACT FAMILY CARDS SET 3: Students are shown 3 numbers (i.e. 6, 9, 54 or 3, 24, 8) and are asked to write the 4 equations related to that fact family.

4) 3.OA.7 FACT FAMILY CARDS SET 4: The students are provided with a multiplication and the related division equation and must identify the missing number that is represented by a symbol in each (i.e. 5 x ? = 30 and 30 ÷ 5 = ?)

Each set is sold individually and also groups together in a 3.OA.7 Cost-Saving 5 Product Bundle.



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Easy Valentine Math Idea {Area & Perimeter}

In my school, each classroom has a bulletin board in the hallway.

Mine is located dead center at the end of the main hallway. I had taken down our Winter Writing Projects with the super-cute, paper-pieced snowmen holding them. I had put up red butcher paper.

And that was it.

My mind was blank and the board was blank. I had no creative ideas. Pinterest even let me down.
Just when I was about to call it a wash, cover it with green paper and move on to St. Patrick's Day, an idea struck.

As I told my students while I scurried around the room grabbing for construction paper in the traditional colors of love along with scissors, glue sticks and markers from our classroom supply center, "There are many nights when I spend countless hours planning lessons and activities...and then there are times when I am walking down the hallway staring at a blank board, an idea strikes and we need to drop everything to make it happen."

I cut the paper down to various sizes and each of them made a Valentine. They then measured the length and width to calculate the area and perimeter. On the inside they wrote what they know about those concepts.

Since the enjoyed the project so much, I decided to whip together a quick math learning center for this week...


I labeled the cards A-J and they used them similar to our task cards.  They selected a card, sketched a diagram, measured the card, recorded the dimensions and solved to find the area and perimeter. It was so simple and a great way to practice measurement, area and perimeter.

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Snow Day Calculator


Today's post won't help you organize or manage your classroom. 

And, I apologize, but it will be of no use to all you Southern folk. 

But for those of you who live in the colder regions and know all about what it is like to do the snow dance, stalk the weather channel and anxiously await that infamous phone call that announces school is closed for the day...this one is for you.




It's just too fun not to share. It's the snowday calculator! After entering your zip code, the # of days your school has already been closed this year and the type of school you teach at, you will be given a percentage letting you know the odds of a weather-related school closing.

We're expecting a BIG storm for Friday and the calculator tells me we won't have school. I can't wait to see if it's right.

Right before dismissal, I mentioned to my kids that when I was little we all used to wear our pajamas backwards because it was rumored to bring on a snow day. 

So most of them put their coats on backwards. 

Which I thought was ridiculous.

Until I realized I was the fool who slept in backwards jammies for most of the winter throughout childhood. :)


Have you had any weather-related closing this year? 




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TASK CARD TUESDAY {Skill Review With a Winter Theme}

Me and my gallbladderless self had a lot of time to create things for the classroom during our 2 week hiatus from real life. 

And now that I'm back to work, I've been having fun watching my kiddos enjoy said creations. 
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My math workshop has been busy busy.  We've been working on area and perimeter and with the increased rigor of the Common Core, my small group teaching time has become even more important than ever before. 

And that means all of my third graders need to be engaged and independent when they are not working directly with me. The Math Workshop Routine has been outstanding and the use of task cards has been something purposeful that they all look forward to.

This week I had them work on different sets that reviewed skills such as addition and subtraction (with and without regrouping), word problems, time and money. They loved them and many asked to work on them as a recess choice.

Because we've had indoor recess for a gazillion and one days straight. Ahh...life in New England.
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I'm going to list each set individually as well, but for now I put 6 of them together as a "Winter Themed Bundle." They are less than $1.50 a set and literally take minutes to prepare. 

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