Math Project-Based Learning: Multiply & Divide Multi-digits | 5th Grade Math


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This 5-day project-based math resource applies math concepts in a real-world scenario to teach students about multiplication and division with multi-digit numbers. In this 5-day unit, students will multiply and divide multi-digit numbers to feed pets at an animal shelter. This multi-digit multiplication and long-division math project is engaging and authentic. Plus, it’s available as both a digital and print resource.


This project-based math resource covers concepts of multiplication and division and is aligned with the following 5th Grade Math Common Core State Standards:

Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.

Find whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.


This resource is available in both Printable & Digital Google Slides versions.


What’s included in this resource:

  • Background Knowledge: Using a KWL, students will build background knowledge about animals shelters and rescue pets.
  • Multiply by Single Digits: Using the included instructional pages, students will learn how to multiply multi-digit numbers by single digits.
  • Choose Pets: Students will choose up to ten pets to rescue at the animals shelter.
  • Calculate Food Needs: Using concepts of multiplication, students will calculate the total food needs for the animals in the shelter.
  • Multiply Multi-digit Numbers: Using the included instructional pages, students will learn how to multiply multi-digit numbers.
  • Collect Donations: Students will collect donations of pet food and calculate the total amount of food collected using multiplication strategies.
  • Long Division: Using the included instructional pages, students will learn how to divide multi-digit numbers.
  • Comparing Amounts: Using concepts of multiplication, students will compare the amount of donated food to the amount of food needed for the shelter pets.
  • Finalize Food Amounts: Using concepts of long division, students will determine how many more bags of food are needed for each rescue pet.
  • Thank Donors: Students will compose a letter thanking donors for their contributions to the animal shelter.
  • Wrap Up: Students will write up their final animal shelter plan and explain their decisions.



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