Grade Levels: 3-5

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Multiplication, and supports the standard of solving problems and modeling examples that represent multiplication facts. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.


Display an image with grouped objects, such as the one shown below:

Ask students:

  • How can you figure out the total number of balls shown in the image? Can you think of ways besides counting?


  • Read aloud the description on the Multiplication topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Assign Related Reading. Have students read one of the articles, then partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Assign the Multiplication Challenge and Quiz, prompting students to apply essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.


Students express what they learned about multiplication while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Make a movie describing a real-life situation you would need to multiply. In your movie, answer this question: How would you use multiplication to solve the problem?
  • Make-a-Map: Imagine you need to feed 3 horses 4 pounds of hay each. Make a concept map representing how you will solve this problem with multiplication. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a math problem that uses multiplication. 

More to Explore

Multiplication Blocks: Students apply their knowledge of multiplication to identify factors and products in this game of speed and skill.

Numbers and Operations Unit: Continue to build understanding around mathematical operations by exploring more BrainPOP topics.

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments