Showing Math in Different ways

Today while solving a story problem we discussed different ways to solve a problem.  We found that for this problem we used 4 strategies.

Multiplication Problem

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Draw an Array

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Draw an illustration of the problem

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Find partial answers and combine

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Adding Partial Parts          Multiplying Partial Parts

 

The children then realized that each strategy would be beneficial at different times.  Time efficient, without paper (mental math), or to show the process to others.  We will continue to discuss strategies and when they are most effective.