Want to take your multiplication unit to a higher level? Use this multiplication exploration to encourage your students to think critically and communicate their math understanding.
This math exploration focuses on Multiplying Whole Numbers and the place value concepts that are embedded in multiplication. The higher level thinking of this exploration focuses on how place value affects the final product of a 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication problem. Students learn to manipulate numerals to make the largest product and the smallest product. Students develop an understanding of why place value matters.
The scaffolding strategies in this exploration are rich. For example, students respond to the misconceptions of an imaginary student by writing a quick note to them to solidify their knowledge. (great assessment for the teacher!). Later, students write rules for someone attending a carnival where the largest product and smallest product games are being played. Students learn to communicate math ideas precisely through these exercises.
The download contains 11 pgs of questions and scaffolding to display on the smartboard or print off to guide your lessons, 18 1/2 sheets for student math journals, (or for making a booklet), and 11 pgs of information and common core alignment for the teacher. The product contains the question set for explorations, then future questions that can be used for warm ups, classroom discussions, and informal discussions.
Math Explorations with Common Core Concepts (C) were created to meet the Common Core Standards with a strong focus on the “Standards for Mathematical Practice.”
Math Explorations (C) are meant to pose higher level thinking questions that allow students to explore and grapple with math concepts in a meaningful way. These questions push students to think and provide opportunities to elicit misconceptions so that deeper and more accurate mathematical understandings can be achieved. If you are trying to ENRICH your students understanding of math, you will love this product!
4th Grade: Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.
CC4.NBT.B.5 Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations.
5th Grade: CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.B5 Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
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