Multiplication as Repeated Addition

About this lesson

Wigwam in "Making Camp Premium"

This is the introductory lesson for third grade to the ‘Multiplying by n’ series. This lesson teaches that multiplication is a form of repeated addition, drawing on background knowledge students have.

A downloadable lesson plan and PowerPoint presentation for teachers is provided.

Grade 3 Standards


Teacher resources


  • Students, working with a partner, will learn the basics of how multiplication works (before learning to multiply by other values, such as 2, 3, or 4 in later lessons).
  • Learning and memorizing multiplication patterns will improve understanding of division.
  • Students will learn hands-on using manipulatives to create number sentences.

Games that link to the standards

Making Camp Ojibwe
Players practice multiplication and division skills while learning math problem-solving strategies. They’ll also be introduced to Native American history. Kids earn points by solving math problems and answering social studies questions in the village-building simulation game.

Spirit Lake: The Game
Players learn how to solve multiplication, division and geometry through word problems set in the context of a stories based on the history and culture of the Dakota people. Runs on Mac and Windows computers.

Games That Make You Smarter

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