Saturday March 25th, 2017
Thanks for inviting me to learn with you on a Saturday in Peel! The group was energetic and excited to learn about meaningful manipulative use, counting principles, the progression of multiplication/division and the importance of concreteness fading!
Here’s a summary of what we explored today. Looking forward to connecting again soon!
In the airplane problem, we made predictions and made connections to subitizing and unitizing.
We briefly discussed the importance of counting and quantity principles like subitizing and unitizing. A full summary is below:
Tiny Polka Dots
Also be sure to check out his TED Talk here.
Exploring the Progression of Multiplication
We made a leap from counting principles and unitizing to multiplication and specifically, using arrays and area models.
We also made a connection to “Japanese Multiplication” or “Stick Multiplication”:
3 Act Math Task: Donut Delight
After lunch, we explored the Donut Delight 3 act math task where we played with multiplication to predict how many donuts there were in the “double hundred dozen” box and then used repeated subtraction to lead to a flexible division algorithm for division when we tried to find how many layers there were.
Progression of Division
We spent some time working with the progression of division in most groups as well. Here are some screenshots of what we looked at:
We attempted to summarize the use of manipulatives on a continuum called “Concreteness Fading”. While the name suggests that concrete manipulatives fade away over time, it is important to remember that they fade away with one layer of abstraction and then reappear as a new layer is “piled” on.
Hope you folks found this professional learning experience useful.
I’d be delighted to come back and learn alongside you all again sometime soon!