# Lesson 15

Estimation Exploration

## Warm-up: Estimation Exploration: Umbrellas (10 minutes)

### Narrative

The purpose of an Estimation Exploration is for students to practice the skill of estimating a reasonable answer based on experience and known information. In the synthesis it is important to discuss things the writer had to pay attention to when they designed this activity.

### Launch

• Groups of 2
• Display the image.
• “What is an estimate that’s too high?” “Too low?” “About right?”
• 1 minute: quiet think time

### Activity

• 1 minute: partner discussion
• Record responses.

### Student Facing

How many umbrellas are there?

Record an estimate that is:

too low about right too high
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### Student Response

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### Activity Synthesis

• “What did the writer of this activity have to pay attention to when they designed this activity?” (Something in the image that shows how many things fit in one line or a small part of the image. An image where it is hard to see or count the exact number of objects.)
• Record and display responses for all to see.

## Activity 1: Design Your Estimation Exploration (20 minutes)

### Narrative

The purpose of this activity is for students to work in groups to create an Estimation Exploration activity that focuses on multi-digit multiplication. Students use an object from the classroom, their own drawing, or find an image in a book or from another source and fill in how other students might estimate the quantity of items.

Action and Expression: Develop Expression and Communication. Provide students with alternatives to writing on paper: students can share their learning using a picture, orally, a video, a skit, or another appropriate form of expression to create an estimation Exploration activity.
Supports accessibility for: Language, Attention, Conceptual Processing

### Launch

• Groups of 3 or 4
• “Work with your group to create an Estimation Exploration activity about counting a large number of objects.”

### Activity

• 15 minutes: small-group work time

### Student Facing

1. Find an image that would encourage your classmates to estimate the total number of an item using strategies for multi-digit multiplication.
2. Fill in the possible estimates students might make.

Record an estimate that is:

too low about right too high
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### Student Response

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### Activity Synthesis

• “What questions do you still have about creating your Estimation Exploration?” (What if there are so many things that it's hard to estimate? Like people in a stadium or leaves on a tree or trees in a forest? What if there are not so many things and estimating is simpler, like the number of kids in a classroom or the number of pattern blocks in a container?)
• Give students a few minutes to make adjustments based on questions, if needed.

## Activity 2: Facilitate Your Estimation Exploration (15 minutes)

### Narrative

The purpose of this activity is for students to facilitate the Estimation Exploration they created in the previous activity for another group in the class. Each group should be paired with another group and they will take turns facilitating their Estimation Exploration for the other group. If time allows, students could facilitate their Estimation Exploration with more than 1 group.

MLR8 Discussion Supports. At the appropriate time, give students 2–3 minutes to make sure that everyone in their group can explain their Estimation Exploration activity. Invite groups to rehearse what they will say when they share with the whole class.

### Required Materials

Materials to Gather

### Launch

• Groups of 3 or 4
• Give each group a piece of chart paper and a marker to record responses.
• “Pair up with another group in the class. Each group will present their Estimation Exploration.”

### Activity

• 10–12 minutes: small-group work time
• Remind students to switch roles halfway through the time allowed.

### Student Facing

2. Ask them, “What is an estimate that’s too high?” “Too low?” “About right?”
3. Give them a minute of quiet think time.
4. Give them a minute to discuss together.
5. Have them share estimates.
6. Record their ideas.

### Student Response

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### Activity Synthesis

• “What did you learn as you presented your Estimation Exploration?” (I learned that ranges of estimates might be bigger than you expect. I learned that it’s important to understand the size of the items you are trying to estimate or be familiar with it, otherwise you cannot make good estimates.)

## Lesson Synthesis

### Lesson Synthesis

“What were the most important things that you had to consider as you created your Estimation Exploration? Why were these things important?” (I needed to find things that were organized so that it was possible to make some estimates. There needed to be a lot, so it wasn't possible to just count them. But if there were too many, then making an estimate was really hard.)

## Cool-down: Reflection (5 minutes)

### Cool-Down

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