This task can be used two different ways. It is designed to show the reciprocity between multiplication and division. This post will lay it out as a multiplication problem. The standard that this best addresses is 3.OA.A.3. The next post will lay out a similar division problem. I have also included an additional image to extend the task using a 2-digit divisor (this is the context used for the division situation in the next post so don’t use it if you also want to use the next post in a division context).
What did you notice? What do you wonder?
How many treats can be made on the pan?
Give a too low estimate and a too high estimate.
What do you know? What do you need to know?
6 rows of 9 treats
How many can be made using two pans?
Or try this one: