Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream

Workshop Model Lesson Plan

Name: Diana Pyatigorsky

Grade: Third Grade

Lesson Title: Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream


Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream by Cindy Neuschwander, stars, toys, umbrellas, presents, toy babies, pencil and paper

Pre-assessment of Student Knowledge: Students have been immersed in the study of multiplication. Students have strong knowledge of single digit-multiplication problems but struggle with double digit multiplication problems.

Math Standards:

Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division.

3.OA.1 .Interpret products of whole numbers 3.OA.2. Interpret whole-number quotients of whole numbers.

3.OA.3.  Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

3.OA.4. Determine the unknown whole number in a multiplication or division equation relating three whole numbers.

3.OA.5. Apply properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide.

3.OA.6. Understand division as an unknown-factor problem


Students will create a multiplication riddle book based on Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream by Cindy Neuschwander.


Introduction and Motivation:

“Students, we have been learning our multiplication facts during the last week and I want to share a story with you about a young girl who loves to count everything. She loves addition but learns the importance of learning multiplication.”

Read Aloud of Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream by Cindy Neuschwander

“Let’s look at Amanda Bean’s riddle.”

“Amanda is riding one bike with two wheels. Then she sees eight bicycles with sheep on them. How many wheels is that? 8 Sheep pull out five balls of yarn. How many balls of yarn are there altogether?”


“Now we are going to create our own riddles. Just like Amanda counts sheep, yarn and bicycles, we have will use babies, stars, presents, umbrella and toys. Let’s first make a riddle together using objects that we are all familiar with. I have two rows of six chocolate chip cookies. Each cookie has 3 chocolate chips. How many chocolate chips are there?Now I would like you to try to make your own riddles.  Please use the items to help keep track of your counting.”

Closure: Students present share-out and discuss their multiplication riddles.

“Today we read the story Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dreams where we learned all about multiplication riddles. We learned how to make them and how important they can be when counting.”

Assessment:  Assess understanding during conference time and during the share. Ask follow up questions if students are not confident with their explanations. Teacher observations.  Student completion of multiplication riddle.

Diversity: Student number choice, organization, idea development, and voice.

Differentiation: Multisensory, manipulative, collaborative and Flexible grouping, scaffolding, varied time allowance, multiple intelligences, varied demonstrations, simulations, role play

Connections Across Curriculum: Speaking, Listening and English Language Arts


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