Are you looking for a way to reinforce basic multiplication concepts in an engaging way that helps your students make connections? “Run a Pet Shelter” is a real-life math project where students will complete NINE different multiplication tasks. This project will help your students see how multiplication is used in real life.

You might choose to print specific tasks to use during Math centers, or you might make a booklet out of all nine tasks and let your students choose which one to do when. The choice is yours.

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Take a look at what you’ll find inside this math project:

 

TASK #1: COLLECTING DONATIONS

Donations are essential for your pet shelter. They help you buy food and supplies for the pets that you care for.

Multiplication Skills: basic facts, repeated addition, arrays

Other related math skills: addition, reading a chart

TASK#2: SHELTER SUPPLY INVENTORY

It’s time to do inventory of all of the pet supplies! Let’s go to the supply room and figure out how much we have!

Multiplication Skills: basic facts, groups of, arrays

Other related math skills: tally charts, addition

 

TASK #3: IT’S FEEDING TIME

Feeding time at the pet shelter is the busiest time of the day! Can you help plan the amount of food that is needed?

Multiplication Skills: basic facts, groups of, arrays

 

TASK #4: DOG RUN DECISIONS

You’re designing a brand new outdoor dog run for the pet shelter! The area of the dog run MUST BE exactly 24 square meters. Draw 3 possible designs. Be sure to label each side with the length in meters.

Multiplication Skills: basic facts, fact families, area

 

TASK#5: VET VISITS

Once a month, the local vet comes to the pet shelter to do a check-up on the animals. How long will she need?.

Multiplication Skills: basic facts

Other related math skills: addition, time

 

TASK #6: PETS BY THE MONTH

Because animals are constantly coming in to the pet shelter and also being adopted, the number of pets fluctuate from month to month. Use the graph to figure out how many pets were in the shelter each month last year.

Multiplication Skills: basic facts, skip-counting

Other related math skills: graphing and data interpretation

 

TASK #7: ADVERTISING FOR ADOPTION

The pet shelter advertises around the city so that more pets can get adopted. All of the advertisements cost money, and it’s very important for the pet shelter to stay within their budget.

Multiplication Skills: basic facts, fact families, area

 

TASK#8: FUNDRAISING

The pet shelter holds two major fundraisers every year. Figure out how much is earned from each one.

Multiplication Skills: basic facts, fact families

Other related math skills: subtraction

 

TASK #9: ADOPTION DAY

It’s Adoption Day at the pet shelter! Crack the codes to find out which pet is chosen by each family.

Multiplication Skills: basic facts

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WAYS TO USE MATH PROJECTS IN YOUR CLASSROOM:

Math projects are an ideal way to consolidate learning. I recommend using them as an engaging activity AFTER skills have been learned rather than during learning. You will likely find that engagement is very high and that your students ask to do more of these!

There are many ways to use math projects in your classroom. Some of the most popular are:

•a small-group or pairs activity

•a guided math activity to allow you to see where your students are struggling

•a fun, rewarding way to engage your early finishers

•a low-prep, easy-to-implement activity for a substitute teacher