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Materials and Preparation
“Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream" by Cindy Neuschwander
White 12" x 18" construction paper, one piece per student
Variety of stickers, beans, buttons, etc.
Slips of paper, each with a different single digit multiplication problem (one for each student)
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Show students the book “Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream" and say, “Poor Amanda! She loves to count, but she is having trouble counting larger groups of things in a fast way. Maybe she will be convinced that there is an easier way!"
Read and discuss the book and then provide supplies for students to show four ways to solve a multiplication problem.
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Ask students to create a poster illustrating an array, repeated addition, fact family and groups as a way to find the product of the problem.
- Give each student a slip of paper with a multiplication problem on it.
- Provide white paper, glue, markers, crayons and a variety of objects such as stickers, beans, buttons, etc.
- Show students how to fold the 12”x18” piece of paper to make four equal sections.
- Label each section: “Repeated Addition,” “An Array,” “Fact Family” and “Groups.”
- If necessary, do an example together.
- Encourage students to make their projects neat, colorful and accurate!
- Neuschwander, Cindy. Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream. Scholastic Press, 1998.