Use a range of strategies to solve multiplication and division problems for times tables facts 1-12.
Use Your 1 to 12 Times Tables to Solve Word Problems!
Your students have mastered their multiplication facts for numbers 1-12.
They know how to reverse those facts to divide numbers and find the quotient.
And they know how to read.
Put all these skills to work with our multiplication and division task cards!
For example, one card includes the following word problem:
Keegan wanted to help the environment by planting some trees. He planted 8 rows of trees with 6 trees in each row. How many trees did Keegan plant?
Students read through the word problems and determine whether to apply division or multiplication.
An answer sheet is included with your download for students to self-check their answers.
Scaffolding + Extension Tips
Support struggling students by showing them how to use manipulatives to help with problem-solving. Alternatively, provide students with our Problem Solving Mat to help them organize their ideas.
Challenge fast finishers who already understand the concept to write five different word problems using times tables facts 1-12 and trade problems with a partner.
Are you looking for alternate difficulty levels of this resource? Scroll down to the bottom of this page for additional options.
More Ways to Put Their Times Tables to the Test!
A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource for students to work on independently in your math center. However, check out our suggestions for using this activity to reinforce your small group and full-class lessons too:
🏫 Whole Class Instruction
Project the task cards on a whiteboard and work through each together, discussing different ways of approaching and completing the problems.
🧮 Small Group
Teach concepts in a small group setting. Students can use mini whiteboards to “show and share” their work for each problem.
✏️ Individual Practice
For an independent task, students can use their math notebooks or a mini whiteboard to solve the problems on the task cards.
Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students
Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between PDF or Google Slides versions of this resource. An answer key is included with your download.
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.
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