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3-Digit by 2-Digit Multiplication Task Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 5 - 6

Practice solving vertical 3-digit by 2-digit multiplication problems with this set of 18 task cards.

Set Up Success In 3-Digit By 2-Digit Multiplication

Provide students with recording sheets (included) and a set of task cards. Students will use their understanding of place value to solve stacked multiplication problems like: 


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We also suggest solving these 3-digit by 2-digit multiplication task cards using mini whiteboards, math notebooks, and smartboards for a quick math lesson warm-up.

Scaffolding + Extension Tips 

Support students who need help understanding the concepts by providing them with tools they can refer to, like multiplication facts bookmarks and desk charts

More Activities For Multiplying 3-Digit Numbers By 2-Digit Numbers

We created this resource for your math center, but you can also use it to reinforce your small group and full-class lessons in the following ways: 

🛴 Scoot Activity

Place the cards around the room in numerical order and give each student a recording sheet. Assign students or pairs to a starting point card. Give students time to review the card and record their answer in the corresponding space on their paper. The students will rotate to the next card on your cue (for example, say, “SCOOT”). Continue in this manner until students return to their starting point. 

🔚 Exit Activity

After your lesson, pass out cards to students as an assessment question they will answer on their own. Provide them with their own sticky note (use our Sticky Note Printing Guide + Template) so that they can turn in their answer, making sure they include their name at the top. 

💃 Mirror Game🕺

This activity works best with small groups because you’ll need enough dry erase boards and markers for each student. Divide your class into 2 groups seated in 2 lines facing each other. Project a task card and give students a set time to record their answers on their board. On your cue the students turn their boards around so their partner can see their answers. If both students in a pair have the correct answer, they get 2 points. If one has the correct answer, the team gets 1 point.

Get our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies here! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

To keep the task cards out of pockets or under desks, punch a hole in the corner of each to place them on a binder ring. 

Sustainability Tip: Print a few recording sheets on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a dry-erase marker, then erase and reuse.

Because this activity includes an answer sheet, we recommend first printing one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank recording sheet for students to complete. 

Before You Download

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. A recording sheet and answer key are also included with this download.

This resource was created by Melissa Mclaren, a teacher in Massachusetts and Teach Starter Collaborator. 


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