Cup Factory

If this is third grade, that must mean we will learn multiplication!  We’ve been exploring multiplication models, and discovering the relationship between factors and products.  To demonstrate our understanding, students have been working with product cups in our Cup Factory.


Each numbered cup contains a different multiplication product – students choose a cup, and then figure out a combination of factors to reach that product.  Students then model that multiplication problem in their math journals.


Students are learning the factor order can change the look of an array, their repeated addition, or the way they skip count – but the order doesn’t matter when it comes to solving the product…



Check out a mini-tutorial to learn more – click on the pic to see the video!!

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Our video on YouTube

What’s next? Commutative, Associative and Distributive properties, of course!!

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December 2


Also – ask your third grader about this image (and the one they recreated today at school).  We talked for a long time about the progression they will make through 3rd grade.  We evicted 2nd grade behavior today, as it is the first day of Term 2.  Each student in Room 204 is now a full-fledged third grader!!

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  • Dear Mrs.Brooks,
    Thats a good way to learn multiplacation! In grade 6 its way harder but sometimes its good to review begginers time tables! I wanna try it!

    • Suzy Brooks:

      Thanks for your comment, Megan!
      We try to get our 3rd graders to really know their facts so that by the time they reach 6th grade, they will be pros! Hope you are having a fabulous school year.

      Dream Big,
      Mrs. Brooks