# Multiplication (tables): 3x: three-toed animals

## The Lesson

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In this exciting lesson, you will need to solve a range of multiplying-by-3 word problems that feature a variety of 3-toed animals. Try using **PAWS** to arrive at the right answer!

**P ** = Picture the problem in your mind.

**A **= Annotate the word problem by highlighting the important information.

**W** = Write down the number sentence that needs to be solved.

**S** = Solve the number sentence using an efficient strategy.

**Useful prior knowledge:**

- To confidently count in multiples of 3 using a variety of pictorial representations to assist.

**Did you know?**

Sloths are specially adapted to life among the treetops. A three-toed sloth, as its name would suggest, has three toes on each of its four feet. On each toe, it has a long curved claw that helps it effortlessly grasp branches and vines, and hang upside down comfortably while it eats and sleeps.

## Use PAWS and the multiples-of-3 bar to solve the word problem.

Having swum across a river, Sammy the three-toed sloth finally found his mate, Sandra, hanging upside down on the branch of a tree. After a long climb, Sammy joined Sandra on the branch.

**If both sloths used all of their long, curved claws to cling onto the branch, how many sloth claws were there in total wrapped around the branch?**

Answer: ________________

A sloth called Steven joined Sammy and Sandra on their branch. Steven also used all of his long, curved claws to hang upside down.

**How many sloth claws were wrapped around the branch now?**

Answer: ________________