Around the World Lesson Plan

Submitted by Barbara Yenner, NBCT: North Carolina


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Students will demonstrate ability to perform multiplication of one-digit factors mentally.

Common Core Standards

This lesson reinforces standards CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.A.3, CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.B.6, and CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.C.7 for grade 3.
Descriptions of the standards can be found here.

Warm-Up Activity

Teacher reminds students of how there are many nations in the world, and how most students have only visited, at most, a few of them.  This video may serve as a reminder.

Students name several countries about which they think they know a lot and several about which they think they know little. Students then complete the world-map themed multiplication practice sheet

Main Activity:

Students should watch the instructional video ( for Around the World before playing on their computers or iPads.

Assessment Activity: Live Action Around the World

All students except one line up along a wall of the classroom.  Each student gets a red index card and a green index card.  (If index cards are not available in these colors, sheets of construction paper cut into smaller pieces may be substituted.)  The remaining student is the challenger.  The challenger will challenge each student on one multiplication problem.  When the teacher shows the first flash card and reads the problem, the challenger and the first student in the line compete to solve the problem faster.  If the challenger is the first to say a correct solution to the problem, the first student holds up his/her green index card.  If the student in the line answers correctly first, the student holds up the red index card.  This continues until the challenger faces off with every student in the class.  When the challenger has challenged all classmates, his/her score (number of green index cards) is recorded, and another student becomes the challenger.