This lesson is from Tools 4 NC Teachers. In this lesson, students explore multiplication and division concepts through the use of numberless word problems and use various strategies to solve a second problem.
Upper Primary
Grade 3
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KATELIN MILLER on Nov 20, 02:06pm

*I am a third grade teacher and I appreciate the design and details put into this task. I taught this lesson in the classroom and students were excited to make connections and ask questions. This lesson motivates students to critically think about the structure of a grasshopper. I had a student who was reading a book about grasshoppers from the library and they pulled out the book during the lesson to see how many legs one grasshopper has. The students were engaged and facilitating their own learning. When we drew and labeled the legs of one grasshopper we were able to figure out how many legs 6 grasshopper had. Students chose to use repeated addition to solve and then converted that equation into a multiplication equation.
*This lesson fully aligns to all strands of the standard. This goes in depth and breadth of standard NC.3.OA.1, NC.3.OA.2, NC.3.OA.3.
*Has clear learning objectives that are achievable through completion of this resource. I found that numberless word problems promote higher order thinking in students. This enables them to solve numbered word problems.
*This task was straight forward and easy to comprehend and execute in the classroom.
*Has some assessment strategies that will measure (student progress or mastery) of the 3.OA.1, 3.OA.2, and 3.OA.3 , but needs additional formative strategies to truly evaluate student learning.
* I would suggest giving students a similar prompt like an octopus. Student would have to know the amount of legs an octopus has in order to apply it to a word problem and represent it in an equation. Students will have the choice to use a strategy of repeated addition, arrays, skip counting, or equal groups to represent the problem.



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