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* *Reflection: Flexibility
Making Equal Groups Part 2 - Section 3: Active Engagement

You will notice that I do not have any film clips of my students working on the actual task in this lesson. The reason for that is this activity proved difficult for just about every one of my students. I had to put down the camera and work right alongside the children for the whole period.

Many of the students had a really difficult time writing a story problem to go along with their model, which is not surprising and I welcomed the opportunity to work with them and get an idea for a future mini lesson.

If you decide to try this lesson, I would suggest having the students work on two squares of the organizer one day and the other two another day so you can model more of what you expect.

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# Making Equal Groups Part 2

Lesson 13 of 15

## Objective: Students will be able to explain equal groups by drawing, using numbers, creating word problems, and selecting a strategy.

## Big Idea: Third grade students will be using equal groups the entire school year. It is imperative that they understand how to create and manipulate them. This lesson will help them explore various ways of working with equal groups.

*55 minutes*

#### Warm Up

*10 min*

Yesterday, my class worked on creating equal groups with objects. They all know about multiplication and ways to solve multiplication. In today's warm up, I ask students "What do you think multiplication is?" I am looking for a way into discussing this operation as work with equal groups.

This clip shows a portion of my student's responses. Notice I do not correct or guide. I simply listen. I will ask it again in the wrap up. Some of the students aren't using the right vocabulary yet, which tells me this lesson is necessary.

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#### Active Engagement

*30 min*

We use a graphic organizer at times to help keep track and promote further thinking. I have chosen to use this chart in today's activity. It is a simple 4 square organizer with the sections labeled:

**I can explain with tools**

**I can explain with words**

**I can explain with numbers**

**I can explain with drawings**

The students are then asked to take two scoops from their object cups (pennies, cubes, colored chips) and count the total. They then roll a die and organize their objects into equal groups of that number. Finally, they use that model to fill in their 4 square organizer.

Here, I am looking for students to be able to complete the model, attempt a story problem to represent the model, write an equation, and draw their model.

You can see in the resource section what this looks like. Most of the time was spent on just one problem for the partnerships. If students were able to complete one organizer, they simply turned the page over and began a new one with new numbers.

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#### Wrap Up and Homework

*15 min*

As a wrap up, I ask the students again, as a full group, "What is Multiplication?". Many more students are able to communicate that it is the counting of equal groups. The equal group is the "group size" when "thinking" of a story.

For home practice, I ask the students to get a handful of objects, roll a die, or pick a card 1-6, and create an organizer just as we did in class.

The more opportunity to work with equal groups, the better.

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- UNIT 1: Developing Mathematical Practices
- UNIT 2: Understanding Multiplication
- UNIT 3: Using Multiplication to Find Area
- UNIT 4: Understanding Division
- UNIT 5: Introduction To Fractions
- UNIT 6: Unit Fractions
- UNIT 7: Fractions: More Than A Whole
- UNIT 8: Comparing Fractions
- UNIT 9: Place Value
- UNIT 10: Fluency to Automoticity
- UNIT 11: Going Batty Over Measurement and Geometry
- UNIT 12: Review Activities

- LESSON 1: It's As Basic As That
- LESSON 2: Naming Arrays
- LESSON 3: Variables
- LESSON 4: X Represents Groups Of
- LESSON 5: Each Orange Had 8 Slices
- LESSON 6: Creating a Word Problem Book
- LESSON 7: Equal Groups on a Number Line
- LESSON 8: Collections of Equal Groups
- LESSON 9: Explaining Multiplication
- LESSON 10: The Story Of Multiplication Day 1
- LESSON 11: The Story of Multiplication Day 2
- LESSON 12: Making Equal Groups Part 1
- LESSON 13: Making Equal Groups Part 2
- LESSON 14: Associative Property
- LESSON 15: Associative Property With Manipulatives