OUR LEARNING INTENTION WAS: I AM LEARNING TO SOLVE MULTIPLICATION PROBLEMS BY USING A VARIETY OF MENTAL STRATEGIES.
I posted the learning process (below) for two reasons ...
1. So my students could reflect on what they did ... and
2. So our PARENTS could see how we were doing it !!!!
Taking photos of the students creating their arrays helped explain what they were doing and will hopefully help illustrate the learning process to parents. I find Blogging offers so man y opportunities to continue developing learning partnerships with our parents.
"Todays groups looked at 7 lots of 38 and how we could work it out. They decided it was easiest to have 3 lots of 10 and 2 lots of 4 in each column.
That made it easier to work out 21 x 10 = 210 and then 4 x 14 = 56.
It was easy after that as 56 + 210 = 265as the answer. We then talked about 38 being close to 40 so 40 x 7 = 280 and because we added 7 lots of 2 we took off 14 from 280 which gave us 265 as well. Our last strategy was to look at 7 x 30 which is 210 and then times the remainder 8 by 7 which is 56 and add 56 onto 210 also giving us 265.
Phew ..... that was heaps of strategies in one lesson but it really does make it a lot quicker to answer things in our heads (imaging). "