Lesson 8

Multiplication Fluency

Warm-up: Number Talk: The Distributive Property (10 minutes)

Narrative

The purpose of this Number Talk is to elicit and connect strategies and understandings students have for multiplication of whole numbers and mixed numbers. These understandings help students develop fluency through reasoning about the distributive property.

Launch

  • Display one expression.
  • “Give me a signal when you have an answer and can explain how you got it.”
  • 1 minute: quiet think time

Activity

  • Record answers and strategy.
  • Keep expressions and work displayed.
  • Repeat with each expression.

Student Facing

Find the value of each expression mentally.

  • \(6\times15\)
  • \(6\times17\)
  • \(6\times2\frac13\)
  • \(6\times2\frac23\)

Student Response

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Activity Synthesis

  • “How were your strategies for the first 2 problems the same as your strategies for the last 2 problems?” (I decomposed the 15 into 10 and 5 and I also decomposed 2 and \(\frac13\) in the third problem. I also used what I knew about problem 1 to help with problem 2 and used problem 3 to help with problem 4.)

Activity 1: Fluency Practice Choice Time (20 minutes)

Narrative

The purpose of this activity is for students to choose from activities that offer practice multiplying multi-digit numbers, with and without composing. 
  • Greatest Product
  • Number Puzzles Stage 2

Required Materials

Required Preparation

  • Gather materials from: 
    • Greatest Product
    • Number Puzzles Stage 2

Launch

  • “Today we are going to choose from games we have already learned.”
  • Display the choices in the student book.
  • “Think about what you would like to do first.”
  • 30 seconds: quiet think time

Activity

  • Invite students to work at the game of their choice.
  • 10 minutes: partner work time
  • “Choose what you would like to do next.”
  • 10 minutes: partner work time

Student Facing

Choose a game.

  • Greatest Product 
  • Number Puzzles: Multiplication and Division

Student Response

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Activity Synthesis

  • See lesson synthesis.

Activity 2: Targeted Products (15 minutes)

Narrative

The purpose of this activity is for students to make products of a 2-digit number and a 3-digit number using 5 given digits with a goal of getting as close as they can to a given target number. This builds on their work from the previous activity and lesson where they tried to make the largest possible product. It is not important that students select the best possible products and the activity synthesis focuses on the strategies that they use. Fundamental to these strategies will be understanding place value and making estimates of products of a 2-digit number and a 3-digit number (MP7).

MLR8 Discussion Supports. Prior to solving the problems, invite students to make sense of the situations. Monitor and clarify any questions about the context.
Advances: Reading, Representing
Action and Expression: Internalize Executive Functions. Invite students to verbalize their strategy for finding a 3-digit and a 2-digit number before they begin. Students can speak quietly to themselves, or share with a partner.
Supports accessibility for: Organization, Conceptual Processing, Language

Launch

  • Groups of 2.
  • “You are going to choose 3-digit and 2-digit number to get as close as possible to a target product.”

Activity

  • 5 minutes: independent work time
  • 3 minutes: partner discussion time
  • Monitor for students who change their product after finding the value and comparing to the target number.

Student Facing

  1. Using the digits 3, 5, 6, 8, and 9 make a product whose value is close to 50,000.

  2. Using the digits 3, 5, 6, 8, and 9 make a product whose value is close to 20,000.

Student Response

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Activity Synthesis

  • Invite selected students to share how they changed their reasoning about where to put each digit.
  • “When your target number was 50,000 what did you choose for the hundreds place?” (I chose a 9 because I thought I could use the 5 or 6 in the tens of the other number and get pretty close to 50,000.)
  • “When your target number was 20,000 what did you choose for the hundreds place?”(I used the 6 because I thought with the 3 in the tens of the other number that would give me 18,000 which is pretty close.)

Lesson Synthesis

Lesson Synthesis

“Today, we played some games that helped us practice multi-digit multiplication. How did the games help you think about multiplying multi-digit numbers?”

Students can also share their reflections from the Cool-down. 

Cool-down: Multiplication Reflection (5 minutes)

Cool-Down

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