At the Circus

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Teach children that going to the circus isn't all about clowning around with this lesson on multiplication. Focusing on a series of three circus-themed word problems, students practice creating area models as a tool for finding products of two- and three-digit numbers.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

Consider allowing children to work on the problems in pairs, afterward taking volunteers to share the area models they created. This will give students a chance to share their mathematical understanding with their peers and will create an opportunity for meaningful class discussion.


  • Offers extension and intervention ideas for differentiating the lesson
  • Lesson allows children the freedom to develop their own unique multiplication models

  • Solutions in the answer key do not match the practice problems included in the lesson
  • Assumes children have been previously introduced to the area model of multiplication