This is an open ended multiplication question perfect for third grade students who are beginning to master multiplication concepts. There are many possible answers to the question. The question gives students a scenario where 2 children have bought candy for a party. The child who bought less bags of candy ended up with more candies. The child who bought more bags of candy ended up with less candies. Students have to use their knowledge of multiplication to come up with an example of a scenario where this is possible. The next page provides students with a graphic organizer where they fill in their answer and corresponding multiplication equations that represent their answer. They must also explain in words how this is possible. The graphic organizer can be used to guide students in filling out the 3rd page which is a serious of reflection questions for student to think/write about regarding the problem. Finally, the 4th page provides teachers with an example of how to answer the problem and some tips for best using this in the classroom.
Meets the following 3rd Grade Common Core Standards for Math:
This activity also addresses important Common Core Mathematical Practices:
-Reason abstractly and quantitatively
-Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
-Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning