Reflection: Lesson Planning Multiplication Fact Building With Dice - Section 3: Try It On Your Own


Based on the discussion of these students, I will begin working on using facts with five and ten to solve other multiplication facts.  Using these benchmark numbers, with skip counting to build fluency. This begins to develop the mathematical reasoning that makes using area models with arrays, which will be used in fourth grade, efficient.  As students begin to “see” the reasoning, they are also well enabled to use those  wonderful 2s. If 2 x 6 = 12, than when I have the problem 4 x 6 = ______, I can reason that 4 is double 2, so double the product of 2 x 6 would give me the product for 4 x 6.  It's doubling the number of groups without changing the number of items in each group. Some students will pick this up really quickly and be able to reason through this. 

I know that I have students that will need additional and different supports to reason through how to use other known facts and skip counting. This may not be a strategy that works for all students, and I know I may need to look for another strategy that will make sense to them as they develop their understanding and fluency with multiplication facts. 




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Multiplication Fact Building With Dice

Unit 1: Multiplication
Lesson 6 of 6

Objective: SWBAT build multiplication facts using models.

Big Idea: Setting up a game format using dice supports the development of multiplication facts fluency.

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