Lesson Plan

Students as Teacher: Explain Your Math Thinking

Use EduCreation to explain your math thinking while solving multiplication or division problems
Ashley R.
Classroom teacher
Frances Xavier Warde Schools
Chicago, IL
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My Grades 3
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies

Students will be able to...

  • Explain their mathmatical thinking using words and pictures while solving multiplication and division problems
  • Explian their mathmatical thinking orally while solving multiplication and division problems 
  • Share their learning in a public, authentic manner 
Grades 2 - 3
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook - Second Grade Needs Our Help!

The teacher will explain to the students that a younger grade level has written a letter, tweeted the class, sent a video, or in some other way communicated with our class to ask for help.  They would like for us to explain ways to solve multiplication and division problems without knowing their facts.  

Student Instructions

Students will brainstorm ways to share their mathematically learning in small groups.  They will record their ideas on a piece of paper.  The groups will come together as a class to share out their ideas.  Some ideas might include:

  • Tutor the younger students one-on-one
  • Create step-by-step posters
  • Create a video 
  • Etc. 

The class will decide that creating a video using EduCreation will be the best method to share their learning. 

2 Guided Practice: Planning Our Videos

Activity: Other — Planning
  • The teacher will explain that the students will be planning out their videos. 
  • The teacher will model how to complete the planning sheet by using the problem: 6 x 4
  • The teacher will write that 6 x 4 means that there are 6 groups with 4 in each group. 
  • The teacher will record the following steps for solving this problem:
  1. Write 6 x 4
  2. Explain that 6 x 4 means 6 groups with 4 in each group
  3. Draw 6 large circles
  4. Draw 4 dots in each circle
  5. Count by 4's to get a total of 24
  6. Write the answer to the multiplication problem: 6 x 4 = 24
Student Instructions

The students will provide suggestions and ideas for solving 7 x 5 = 35.  They will support the teacher's modeling before completing a planning page of their own. 

Students can complete a planning sheet similar to the one below: 

Name: _______________________

EduCreation Planning Sheet

My Math Problem: ______________________________________

Explain Multiplication or Division Problems: 


How to Solve my Problem Step-by-Step:


























3 Independent Practice: EduCreation Video

The teacher will model creating a video on EduCreation to solve 6 x 4.  He/she will use the planning sheet to guide the oral explanation and drawing.  

See the example below: 


Student Instructions

Students will create their own video on EduCreation.