Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Collections of Equal Groups - Section 2: Creating Equal Groups


I know that students need time to explore concepts using their hands and their voices.  Many times, we as educators, forget that what we deem simple, such as the idea of "equal groups", may not be conceptually developed in our students.  

This activity was necessary in order for the children to work together in creating an understanding of what that equal groups means, what it looks like to create equal groups, and to build strategies in order to do so.

  Exploring a Concept With Manipulatives
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Exploring a Concept With Manipulatives
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Collections of Equal Groups

Unit 2: Understanding Multiplication
Lesson 8 of 15

Objective: Students will be able to create equal groups of a collection of items and write the correct expression for their work.

Big Idea: Students begin to understand and use strategies to find the factors of a given collection of items. They will act out division in order to express the multiplication concept.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, Operations , partnership work, equal groups, remainders, multiplication, division
  50 minutes
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