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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Multiplication, and supports the standard of solving problems and modeling examples that represent multiplication facts. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display an image with grouped objects, such as the one shown below:

• How can you figure out the total number of balls shown in the image? Can you think of ways besides counting?

Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE

• Read aloud the description on the Multiplication topic page.
• Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding.
• Have students read one of the Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS

Students take the Multiplication Quiz, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: EXTEND and DEEPEN

Students express what they learned about multiplication while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

• Make-a-Movie: Make a movie describing a real-life situation you would need to multiply. In your movie, answer this question: How would you use multiplication to solve the problem?
• Make-a-Map: Imagine you need to feed 3 horses 4 pounds of hay each. Make a concept map representing how you will solve this problem with multiplication.
• Creative Coding: Code a math problem that uses multiplication.

More to Explore

Multiplication Blocks: Students apply their knowledge of multiplication to identify factors and products in this game of speed and skill.

Numbers and Operations Unit: Continue to build understanding around mathematical operations by exploring more BrainPOP topics.

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