Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Multiplication: x7 - Section 5: Independent Practice


The task of "finding patterns" provides students with a range of entry points. Some students will find simple patterns whereas others will find complex patterns.

During the lesson, a student came up to the board and showed me and odd and even pattern: Odd Even Pattern. To further develop his reasoning skills, I asked: Does this always work? He didn't know, so I encouraged him to continue the with another student to test his theory.

After a while, I followed up with these students: Does this Pattern Always Work?. It was great to see these students construct and check a theory.

Also, understanding and using patterns is key component of mathematical reasoning. I've noticed that the patterns students notice tend to begin at a simpler level (such as noticing colors or repeating numbers). Then, as students develop their thinking, the patterns become more complex (such as creating rule or equations for the pattern). 

Also, independent work time is also a perfect time for students to share other patterns they saw or helpful strategies. At times, I had up to four students in line waiting to show me a strategy on the board! They were just so excited to share!

Here's a video of the same student explaining how he remembers which numbers are odd and even. The fact that he has remembered this from previous years shows how powerful modeling is: Even & Odd Numbers.

I can't wait to see this student's reasoning skills develop this year! 

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Multiplication: x7

Unit 13: Multiplication Kick Off
Lesson 7 of 7

Objective: SWBAT multiply a multi-digit number by 7.

Big Idea: After modeling multiplication facts for 7 using a number line and learning multiplication rhymes, students will multiply multi-digit numbers by 7.

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Math, modeling, Numbers and Operations, multiplication facts, number line model, Operations
  95 minutes
7 x 6 rhyme
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