Third graders are targeted to fluently multiply and divide within 100 by the end of the school year. Although this could be accomplished using flashcard-style activities, students need, and want, to apply this skill meaningfully. This template is designed as a simple application of their computational skills with an added component for students to explain their problem solving strategies.
Editor's Note: This blog is part of a series of posts from former math specialist Scott Loomis on the real world math templates he has created for Wixie and how you can use and modify them for your own awesome performance tasks. You can read the backstory on his experience and expertise below.
Let's Sell Some Sweets!!
The Let's Sell Some Sweets template outlines a school fundraising scenario in which candy is sold during a carnival day. The template includes a page of four problems involving multiplication and another page with four division problems. Some states, such as Virginia, limit computation fluency with multiplication facts of 1, 2, 5, and 10.
The final page attempts to capture students' understanding of multiplication and division. Most of the Third Grade Operations and Algebraic Thinking standards require "describing a context," outlining the relationship between multiplication and division and demonstrating an understanding of the Commutative and Distributive properties.
Wixie makes it easy to open and customize existing templates. We encourage you to modify* the existing problems and activities to meet your specific computation expectations.
Instructional Concept: Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division.
Location in Templates Library: Templates > Math > Numbers and Operations > Computation
Add to your Wixie account: Select this link for Let's Sell Some Sweets and when the template opens in a new tab, use the Log in button in the upper right to log into your account. Go to the File menu that is now showing and choose Make a Copy to add this template to the My Projects folder in your personal account.
Estimated Completion Time: 5-15 minutes
Math Standards and Learning Goals
Common Core State Standards - Grade 3 Mathematics -Operations and Algebraic Thinking
3.OA.C.7 - Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 × 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.
Virginia Standards of Learning - Mathematics - Computation & Estimation
3.4 The student will (b) create and solve single-step practical problems that involve multiplication and division through 10 x 10
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Mathematics - Number & Operations
TX.3.NO.4. The student applies mathematical process standards to develop and use strategies and methods for whole number computations in order to solve problems with efficiency and accuracy.
(F) Recall facts to multiply up to 10 by 10 with automaticity and recall the corresponding division facts.
Wixie Skills Review
Most of the work on this template will be completed using the paintbrush tool. It is helpful to set it to its smallest size so it can be used as a pencil.
The fourth page requires the insertion of an audio recording. Teachers are encouraged to review this process using the Record, Pause, and Stop options and the Try Again and Keep. Audio recording can last up to five minutes in length, and the use of a script is discouraged. Instead, permit the students to "ramble" about the process they used to multiply and divide as well as any problem-solving strategies they may have utilized.
*If you are modifying the template to better match the needs and expectations of your learners, you can edit the template. In this file, the objects on the page are locked, so you will need to choose Unlock on the toolbar to make changes. This option can also be found under the Edit menu and Properties. To learn more, visit the Creating custom curriculum in Wixie playlist on YouTube.