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Investigations
investigations: Connecting Multiplication to Contexts and Language

 

April 2009, Volume 15, Issue 8, Page 502

Abstract:
Hands-on, open-ended activities that encourage problem solving, reasoning, communication, and mathematical connections. Activities are classroom-tested, ready for immediate use in the classroom, and contain extensions that the student or teacher might consider. This investigation provides experiences for students to develop the understanding to connect multiplication with language arts and the world around them. The authors used collective nouns and visual images to support students' work with multiplication. Students engaged in creating and illustrating multiplication word problems and developed deeper understanding of the meaning of multiplication by seeing, organizing, and interpreting their world mathematically.

Keywords:
Pre-K-2
Article
Grades 3-5
Estimation / Approximation / Number Sense
Teacher
Problems
Problem Solving / Problem Posing