Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Each Orange Had 8 Slices - Section 3: Exploration-Posters Phase 1


As they work to represent the math on the page, I will be specifically watching for how students approach the problem.  At this time I still have some students counting the objects by one's without using skip counting, students seeing the multiplication but representing it with the wrong equation, thus not understanding the "group size" concept, and many students understanding the relationship between multiplication and division.  How they choose to model the math found in their poster will tell me several things about their understanding and approach.

However, since they are working in partnerships, listening in on their discourse will be just as valuable. It is during discussion time that many students grow their strategies, as they hear and see the thinking of their classmates.

  What do students do?
  Grappling with Complexity: What do students do?
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Each Orange Had 8 Slices

Unit 2: Understanding Multiplication
Lesson 5 of 15

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate multiplication as equal groups inspired by the colorful riddles presented in Each Orange Has Eight Slices.

Big Idea: Using colorful, rich literature as a real world context, students create and solve number stories involving multiplication using a variety of strategies

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orange and slices photo by john ecker
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