Multiplication Strategies for 3rd Grade

Hands down....multiplication is one of the most challenging things to teach in third grade. Amy and I have worked extremely hard to find ways to make multiplication challenging, engaging, rigorous...but most importantly FUN! If kids are having fun, we have found that the knowledge actually sticks! 

Each lesson is strategically broken down into three sections. This helps keep our math block consistent, but the breakdown is also tied to research based practices. We begin with a quick 10-15 mini-lesson, followed by independent/guided practice, and concluding with interactive notebooks to demonstrate mastery of the skill covered. Our lessons are also tightly focused to ensure that we are breaking content down so that it builds a strong foundation for our learners. 

Lesson plans are included for each day of instruction: 
Here is what will be covered in 3rd Grade Unit 3: 

Week One is all about introducing multiplication to your students.  They will learn strategies such as repeated addition, making arrays, forming equal groups, and more!
Week two is all about multiplication facts and strategies. Get ready to take your kiddos to a carnival filled with tons of repetition and multiplication practice! 
As they transition on to week three, the students will be working on mastering those properties of multiplication to build fluency and understanding. 
Finally in week four, they will put all new skills to use as they learn to attack those tricky word problems using our P.S.A. strategy! 
We have included everything you could possible need to completely implement this unit into your classroom. This unit is directly correlated to all Common Core and TEKS standards. Here is a look at a few of the other components of the unit: 

You can snag your copy of this unit HERE or by clicking the picture below! 
Happy Teaching! 

B2S Bash 2016 GRAND PRIZE!

The Back to School Bash 2016 has been so much fun! Thank you to everyone who has joined us this year.'s not over yet! We have one final chance for you to win! When we say win, we mean WIN BIG! Anyone needing some updated technology for your classroom? I give you the B2S Bash Grand Prize...

Yes! This is real life!
Yes! This could be in your classroom very soon! 

But you have to enter first! Here's how you do it: 

1) Begin the insta hop by locating @stepintosecondgrade on instagram. You will want to begin with Amy so that you collect the letter tiles in order. Each blogger will link to another letter. Click on the letter and hop to the next location. As you hop...

a) follow each blogger 
b)  collect each letter

The letter tiles look like this....

2. The letters will reveal a question. (Don't worry...the letters go in order so you don't have to unscramble a thing!) 

3. Once you have figured out the question, hop on over to any of our blogs to enter the Rafflecopter to win! You will be asked to answer the instaHOP question! 

You only have 24 hours to enter, so go get your hop on! ;) 

 Yep! That simple! So have you finished your hop? 

Enter below: 

B2S BASH 2016 with Oriental Trading

It's baaaa-aacckkk!!! ;) Well friends, the time has come!  It's time to HOP HOP HOP around to 24 blogs for your chance to win some major giveaways!!!  We've teamed up to bring a little fun and excitement to this crazy time of year for teachers.  Our bash baskets are sure to bring some style to your wardrobe, materials to your classroom, and a smile to your face!

Here's how it works...  You'll have a couple of days to hop around blogs and enter the giveaways using a Rafflecopter.  At the bottom of each post, there will be a button that will lead you to the next giveaway!  The more blogs you enter on, the better your chances are of winning! 

I am beyond excited about my bash basket! It is packed with tons of goodies from my go-to teacher shop...Oriental Trading

If you follow me on Instagram (or any social media platform) y'all know room transformations are my absolute jam! I love transforming my space to engage my students and get them running inside my door! Set the Stage to's all the rage! ;) Here are a few of my transformations from last year: 

One of my top favorites for the year? PIRATES. And guess bash basket is filled with everything you need for your own pirate transformation! People always wonder where I find my room transformation materials and decor. Oriental Trading is truly one of my favorite spots! Now they even have a wish list feature where you can share your heart's desires with friends and parents. It's a great way to get items sponsored and purchased for your classroom.  

From eye patches to parrots! Fish net to flags...even a treasure chest! We've got you covered. Just check out a few of the things you will receive in your $200.00 prize package.

There's so much curriculum that you can easily integrate with this transformation. It is sure to be something that your students will never forget. Here are a few of my favorite moments from our Pirate Games last year. 

Along with the teacher goodies, Deanna Jump and I are also giving away one free registration for our Get Your Teach On Conference. You can check that our right HERE!

Enter using the Rafflecopter below!  You have until the end of Tuesday!

Now, head on over to the Amazing Brittney at Miss 5th to continue your hop!

One final sure to check out Instagram on Wednesday for the GRAND PRIZE announcement and how to enter!  You definitely won't want to miss out!!! Follow me @elementaryshenanigans!

Back to School Bash 2016

Hello friends!!  It's that time of year again...time for our BACK TO SCHOOL BASH 2016!!!  This year we have teamed up with even more bloggers so that we can bring prizes-a-plenty to you!!!  Mark your calendars for August 7th because you will NOT want to miss out!!!
Each blogger will host a Bash Basket that contains a prize valued at $100 or more!  Make sure to follow the blogs below so you don't miss a single thing!  Check back in on August 7th so you can get your hop on!
See you August 7th!