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Depth & Complexity Foundations of Multiplication Word Problem Frame

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Get your students to think like mathematicians! In this multiplication/addition word problem, students will need to use multiplication or addition to figure out how many vegetables two kids in a garden have planted using vocabulary like rows and columns. Students will also be asked to find the important details needed to solve, the language a mathematician would use to discuss the problem, and figure out the answer when the garden changes over time. Finally, students will be asked to solve the problem different ways and explain their thinking.

Included in this lesson are:
+ 4 frames (2 for independent solving and 2 with embedded cooperative learning structures for kids to work part of the activity together in groups and in partnerships) Two of the frames are worded exactly like the math CC standard 2.OA.C.4
+ 4 different layouts to choose from for kids to work the problem and record their answers
+ Fill-in-the-blank pages (4), so you can create your own numerical values for the word problem.

Although this lesson is designed for GATE students, I still use it with my "Non GATE" learners, and they really enjoy it. Teachers have the choice of using this as an independent activity, an assessment, or as a way for kids to work together cooperatively, as one of the sheets include cooperative learning structures. This allows the kids the opportunity to verbalize their learning and communicate like mathematicians.

Students can use strategies such as arrays, skip counting, multiplication facts, etc. to figure out the answer. They will also need to add the two totals together. If they use the traditional addition algorithm, they will need to regroup.

In the Change Over Time section, students will have to take away a row from one of the gardens and a column from another garden, and then recalculate the total.

I like to use these math frames as either an introduction to multiplication, a mid assessment, a cooperative learning activity, or as an independent CGI type problem (first starting off as a cooperative learning task). It allows students the chance to dissect the word problem before solving. Additionally, kids are challenged to show their answer using more than one method. This is also a good opportunity to have students respond to how they solved both verbally and written.

Answer sheet and suggestions for use are included. Have fun! :)

If you like this packet, you may also like some of my other Depth & Complexity packets:

Depth & Complexity Math Bundle: Division Fractions Decimals
Depth & Complexity Measurement and Data: Area and Perimeter
Depth & Complexity Operations and Algebraic Thinking: Addition and Subtraction
Depth & Complexity Money Word Problem
Puzzlement Group Investigation Activity Organizer
Adaptations Depth & Complexity Science Frame and Activities

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