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Multiplication and Division Challenges

Grade Level Grades K-5
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards


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A set of 10 progressive multiplication and division sums. Children need to solve equations mentally leading them on a trail towards a target planet. The first challenge starts at the Sun and then work through all the planets and the final challenge ends with the dwarf planet Pluto. Use to develop a range of mental strategies. Aligned to Common Core State Standards: 2.OA.4 , 3.OA.1, 4.OA.1, 5.OA.1


Use addition to find the total number of objects arranged in rectangular arrays with up to 5 rows and up to 5 columns; write an equation to express the total as a sum of equal addends.
Interpret products of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 5 × 7 as the total number of objects in 5 groups of 7 objects each.
Interpret a multiplication equation as a comparison, e.g., interpret 35 = 5 × 7 as a statement that 35 is 5 times as many as 7 and 7 times as many as 5. Represent verbal statements of multiplicative comparisons as multiplication equations.
Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.


2 Reviews
I've heard the Planet Challenge is great but don't have the resources and can't seem to find them anywhere online. Do you still have a copy of the resources that you can share with me and others please?
February 14, 2018
Great way for students to have fun while learning!
April 15, 2013