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What you will like about this lesson
Uses repeated addition as an entrance point (not an ending point) for students learning the meaning of multiplication as equal groups (3.OA.A.1)
Devotes significant time to understanding the concept of multiplication as opposed to the operation of multiplication
Starts the year right away with major work of the grade, and begins the journey towards an important fluency expectation (3.OA.A.2)
Connecting repeated addition number sentences to multiplication number sentences gives students opportunities to look for and make use of structure (MP.7)
In the Classroom:
Uses multiple concrete representations and visual models to make the mathematics explicit
Prompts students to share their developing thinking and understanding (Student Debrief and throughout lessons)
Provides opportunities and suggestions for differentiation
Gives formal and informal opportunities for teachers to check for understanding
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