Multiplication anchor chart

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Using anchor charts in your classroom is a great way to help kids learn, understand and remember by visualization. Here are 23 of our favorite 3rd grade anchor charts.

1. Multiplication Strategies

These multiplication strategies will help students struggling with multiplying to visualize the different ways to multiply according to the numbers used.

Multiplication Strategies

Source: My Classroom Ideas


2. Point of View

This chart shows which words to look for when figuring out the author’s point of view when reading. Get more reading comprehension anchor charts here.

Point of View

Source: Mrs. Spangler in the Middle


3. Rounding Chart

Rounding numbers can get tricky. This 3rd grade anchor chart from Mrs. Zimmerman shows how to do it with a rhyme.

Rounding Chart

Source: Mrs. Zimmerman’s 3rd Grade


4. What is Area? 

Show students how to measure space inside a shape with this chart on area.

What Is Area

Source: Kirby’s 3rd Grade Corner


5. Area and Perimeter

Here’s another way to show area and perimeter on anchor charts.

Area and Perimeter

Source: Teaching in Flip Flops


6. Similes and Metaphors

Add this chart to your classroom when learning about similes and metaphors in reading and writing.

Similes and Metaphors

Source: Teaching in Paradise


7. Story Elements

Discussing the elements of a story are easy with this visual chart.

Story Elements

Source: Teaching with a Mountain View 


8. Different Kinds of Lines

Learn about the different kinds of lines with this handy anchor chart.

Lines Anchor Chart

Source: Elkins School District


9. Fractions

Fractions are simplified with this useful chart that visualizes them so kids can easily understand.

Fractions Anchor Chart

Source: Multi-Grade Matters


10. Measuring Weight

This chart will help students estimate how much something would weigh by using the correct measurement terms.

Weight Anchor Chart

Source: 4th Grade Funky Town 


11. Comma Use

Comma usage is difficult to understand, but this chart on teaching comma rules is a helpful introduction to the ways we use commas when writing.

Comma Usage Anchor Chart

Source: Book Units Teacher


12. Growth Mindset

Sometimes kids get discouraged. Have them come up with encouraging words to find more positive ways to overcome obstacles with this anchor chart.

What to Say Anchor Chart

Source: 3rd Grade Thoughts


13. Contraction Refresher

This anchor chart reminds kids how to use an apostrophe to make a contraction.

Contractions Anchor Chart

Source: Babbling Abby


14. Earth Day Anchor Chart

This pretty and informational chart will encourage students to give ways that they can help the Earth.

Earth Day Anchor Chart

Source: Teaching with Terhune


15. Figurative Language Terms

When introducing these big terms used in writing, this handy chart will help kids decode what they mean using examples.

Figurative Language

Source: Crafting Connections


16. Compound Sentences

This fun figure will help kids see how to form compound sentences in their writing.

Compound Sentences

Source: 4th Grade Space


17. Using a Ruler

Teach students to measure to the 1/4 inch with this helpful anchor chart.

Read a Ruler

Source: Teaching in Wonderland


18. States of Matter

Show the different states of matter using an anchor chart and have kids find examples in magazines or other sources to add to the chart.

States of Matter

Source: Jessica Meacham

19. Elements of a Good Story

Beginning storytellers can benefit from this chart on which parts to include in their stories.

Elements of a Good Story

Source: 3rd Grade Thoughts 


20. Noun Know-How

This fun anchor chart lets kids come up with examples of nouns to use in their writing.

Nouns Anchor Chart

Source: A Cupcake for the Teacher


21. Writing Letters

Have kids fill out the different part of this letter together so they can understand how to write their own letters.

Writing Letters



22. Telling Time

Students will find it easy to tell time by creating this chart and putting it near your classroom clock.

Telling Time

Source: Flip Flop Teacher


23. A Great Classmate

Create your ideal classmate together by discussing the traits that make a classmate great by what he or she says and does. Here are some more classroom management anchor charts.

Good Classmate

Source: 3rd Grade Thoughts


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Multiplication Anchor Chart (plus free task cards!)

As you might already know, I love anchor charts! Therefore, when one of my third grade groups was ready to be introduced to multi-digit multiplication, I couldn't resist creating an multi-digit multiplication anchor chart!
This multiplication anchor chart uses an acronym to help students remember the steps in multiplying 2-digit numbers. It also includes FREE multiplication task cards!

I came up with the acronym "Many Zoos... Many Animals" to assist students in remembering the steps in a two- or three-digit multiplication problem: multiply, zero, multiply, add. As you can see, I also color-code the steps. I worked through the problems on this anchor chart with students, so most of this anchor chart was blank white paper prior to the beginning of our math group. My students enjoyed working through the problems right along with me in their own notebooks, and color-coding the steps. We did the first step in red, the second step in blue, the third step in green, and the fourth step in purple.

I created the following resources to aid in teaching this skill, as well. 
Feel free to click on the image to take a closer look at it!

Teach the steps of multi-digit multiplication with this introductory PowerPoint! The acronym will help students remember the steps.

In keeping with the zoo theme, I created this FREE set of twelve task cards, also! 
Just click on the image to download!

FREE Multiplication Task Cards! (focusing on double digit numbers)

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Multiplication is a standard to quickly recognize adding groups of numbers. Here are 14 easy activities, anchor charts and tips to use with a few multiplication worksheets included.

I hope you will find these helpful in planning how to best teach math to your third grade and fourth grade students.

Free Multiplication Activities

14 Easy Multiplication Charts and Tips - Cityscape Multiplication - Teach Junkie

1. City Scape Multiplication – A beautiful way to connect art with math! Have students write sentences for the arrays of windows in a city-scape art project.

14 Easy Multiplication Charts and Tips - Multiplication Bracelet - Teach Junkie

2. Multiplication Bracelet – Students plan to create a bracelet. They create a sentence to spend an imaginary budget before making a pipe cleaner bracelet.

14 Easy Multiplication Charts and Tips - La Multiplication Con Nerds - Teach Junkie

3. La Multiplication Con Nerds – Create a yummy array that is highly motivating by gluing nerds… and perhaps eating a few {yum!} to model a multiplication story.

Multiplication Worksheets and Games14 Easy Multiplication Charts and Tips - Four In A Row Multiplication - Teach Junkie

4. Four In A Row – A deck of cards and markers are the tools needed to play four-in-a-row to practice multiplication skills.

5. Times Table – A circular times table is a different way to practice and see patterns.

14 Easy Multiplication Charts and Tips - Multiples flip cards - Teach Junkie

6. Multiples Flip Cards – Grab a set of clothespins to make these self-correcting task cards for the multiples of 4 or 7 or have an answer of 6 or 8.

14 Easy Multiplication Charts and Tips - Multiply Dice - Teach Junkie

7. Multiply Dice – With graphing paper and dice, use the numbers rolled to make a box and a sentence.  Who can roll the biggest box?

Tips for Teaching How To Multiply

14 Easy Multiplication Charts and Tips - Multiplication Masters - Teach Junkie

8. Masters Belt Rewards – Create masters in multiplication by recognizing student progress. Give students new belt colors (just like in karate) as awards.

14 Easy Multiplication Charts and Tips - Multiplication Worksheets and facts - Teach Junkie

9. Multiplication Worksheets and Facts – Use visual connections to real life items to help students see groupings within multiplication scenarios.

14 Easy Multiplication Charts and Tips - The 9s trick - Teach Junkie

10. The 9’s trick – Once you teach the trick to knowing the 9’s facts, create an anchor chart to help students remember. BONUS: Here’s a video to help ingrain the multiples of 3 into your students’ brains!

Anchor Charts

14 Easy Multiplication Charts and Tips - Brace Map - Teach Junkie

11. Brace Maps – Use brace maps to represent different ways to do multiplication problems.

12. Bow Tie Method – Offering a different strategy, a way to decompose numbers to solve.

13. Multiplication is… – Once students are exposed to lots of types of scenarios, create a chart to help them recall the different examples.

14 Easy Multiplication Charts and Tips - The Property of Zero - Teach Junkie

14. The Property of Zero – Bring the concept to a second grade level when you’re introducing the concept of multiplying by zero.

I hope you found these easy resources and lesson ideas to be helpful in planning and differentiating your math lessons.

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Anchor chart multiplication

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Today I’m sharing my multi-digit multiplication anchor chart for fifth graders that I use to help teach three-digit by two-digit multiplication.

Multi-digit Multiplication Is A Hard Concept

My class this year has missed quite a few prerequisite skills before reaching fifth grade. And let me tell you, in Texas, fifth-grade math is tough! This is not the year for my kids to be low. There is (unfortunately) so much that rides on passing the Staar test in fifth grade and I’m willing to do whatever I can to get them to only have to take that test once. That might be wishful thinking, but I am definitely going to strive for it.

A lot of my students don’t even realize they are low. I mean, they are 10 and 11 years old. I didn’t know my math level when I was that age. One of my favorite conversations to have with them is the whole “math builds upon itself through the grades.” It gives them a perspective on how important each year of their education is. I, especially, have this conversation when we begin three-digit by two-digit multiplication.

How I Start Teaching Multi-Digit Multiplication

We go over, in small groups, a few problems together. We then talk about how important it is to start from the beginning and work our way up, making sure we have mastered all of our prerequisite skills. I also put it in the perspective that if they haven’t yet mastered one digit by one digit multiplication, they can’t even begin. Then, if they don’t know how to do a two-digit by one-digit multiplication problem, they haven’t learned the process. The same goes for a two-digit by two-digit. You have to understand the steps you have to take to complete the problem. Lastly, if you don’t know your complex addition, you will struggle to solve the problem.

It’s hard for kids to understand how easily impacted their education can be. Once having this conversation with my kids, they get a little glimpse into the world of mathematics. After talking briefly, I teach them the four steps you must take to complete a multi-digit multiplication problem. After a few times of practicing, (and I ensure all prerequisites have been met), they are extremely successful.

Steps on The Multiplication Anchor Chart

Step 1Multiplication Anchor Chart: Teaching Multi-Digit Multiplication to Students

Multiply the number in the ones place by all top numbers.

*After this step, I tell them they are done with that number. Therefore, they can erase or scratch out the number and any numbers they may have carried.

Step 2

Add the zero- mark your place (also known as dropping the egg).

Step 3

Multiply the number in the tens place by all of the top numbers. This is essentially the same as the first step.

Step 4


This is a great way to teach the multiplication process to your lower-performing kids. Sometimes kids just need to see things in a new way.  This multiplication anchor chart on a simple poster board is a great tool.

Share if you have had anything else work for you and your students.

If you want to see more teaching ideas, visit our teaching page.  Also, check out my top 10 anchor charts post!

Multiplication Anchor Chart: Teaching Multi-Digit Multiplication to Students


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