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November 9, 2020 | Elizabeth Rachuri
Over the past month, students have been exploring many multiplication strategies. When given a problem like 34 x 63, students have many ways to solve it, including:
This week, students played a game called Multiplication Compare to help them think about solving problems with zeros. Many students know that to solve 60 x 4, you first solve 6 x 4, then add a zero. But what they’re actually using is the associative property of multiplication.
60 x 4 is the same as (6 x 10) x 4
Through this game, students practice this idea and grow their mental math skills.
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