Tackle Math Ball Lesson Plan

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Grade Level:

3-*4 – Review Skill Prior to Multi-Digit Multiplication


The Tackle Math Ball game will help students practice or review basic math facts (+,-,x).  Students will be able to show mastery of basic math facts using the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Common Core Standards:



Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.


Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 × 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.


Warm-Up Activity:

Watch a short multiplication math video as a way to engage your students and review the properties of multiplication. There are four videos to choose from, but two are more appropriate for 3rd grade and two of the videos are better suited for 4th grade. All four videos can be accessed at the followed link. https://mrnussbaum.com/multiplication_videos/

Warm-Up Activity #2:

Another good warm-up activity prior to playing this game is to print a multiplication math fact worksheet from this website. In order to print a (X) fact fluency worksheet,  go to the following link and select an appropriate multiplication fact worksheet for your students to warm-up.  – https://mrnussbaum.com/multiplication_printables/
Whole Group Version:  If you don’t want to print the worksheet, you could also allow students to take turns coming up to an interactive white board to solve the problems as a warm-up.

Main Activity:

Now that your students have reviewed some multiplication facts either as a whole group or independently they are ready to play the game “Tackle Math Ball”. Allow them to watch the instructional video at https://mrnussbaum.com/tackled/ before playing. This game could be played as a whole class activity using a projector or interactive white board by splitting the class into two teams and keeping track of scores. Or, if you want students to have a more independent activity then this game could be played in a computer lab setting where students were at individual computers.


Print out and distribute one of the two available paper football worksheets, which require students to make basic calculations to find out which team wins.

Sheet 1: Redskins vs Cowboys (https://mrnussbaum.com/mathball1/sheet1.pdf )
Sheet 2: Patriots vs Jets (https://mrnussbaum.com/mathball1/sheet2.pdf)