Rectangular Array Christmas Art {Common Core Christmas Fun}

I look forward to this project each year as the holidays approach!  My students always love it, and it makes for some adorably educational classroom or hallway art.  If you want an easy way to have some Common Core Christmas Fun that won't cost you a penny, this activity is for you! 

Common Core Standard: 

  • 3.OA.A.1 Interpret products of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 5 × 7 as the total number of objects in 5 groups of 7 objects each

Learning Objectives: 

  • Students will model multiplication by drawing all the rectangular arrays for a particular fact set with products through 100 (example all x5 facts, including 5x1=5 up to 5x12=60). 
  • Students will label the problem associated with each rectangular array. 
  • Students will label the matching number sentence for each array that represents the Commutative Property of Multiplication. (optional)

Art Twist: 
  • Students will decorate the rectangular arrays like present boxes under the Christmas tree. 

  • grid paper (size depending on how large you want the presents to turn out)
  • construction paper
  • crayons
  • glue
  • scissors

There is really a lot of room for variety with this activity.   I change it up depending on what lessons I am teaching. For example, my students are currently working on their x2, x5, and x10 math facts, so this year, I will have them select one of those fact sets to complete.  The pictures below were from a year where we were already on x9 facts.  You could also let them pick any facts they want--you decide! 

I love the way this child incorporated the math problems onto the gift tags. Kids are so clever! 

I love how this student personalized the gift wrapping on each array. 
He even made the tree into a 3-dimensional pop-out. Awesome!

Don't they look so cute?! So much better than cinder blocks! 

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