**What We Are Learning in Math**

9/25/17 - Today the students played Small Array/Big Array in groups. They wrote down smaller combinations that they could use to cover the large array. This game helps them see how they can break larger multiplication problems into 2 or 3 smaller ones to solve.

9/20/17 - Today we worked with our array cards to see how we can break up larger arrays into smaller arrays. This will help them learn the distributive property, which will help them learn to break up larger multiplication problems into smaller easier ones.

9/19/17 - Today we continued working with strategies to multiply larger numbers. The students read a story problem and then worked together to find an efficient strategy to multiply using what they know.

9/19/17 - Quick Images - Today we worked with drawing images using larger groups. In Quick Images, the students only have a few seconds to look at a group of dots. They don't have time to count, so they must using grouping strategies in order to correctly copy the image. They really enjoy the challenge!

9/18/17 - We are beginning to multiply larger numbers. The students are using various strategies to calculate. They are doing a great job breaking apart one of the factors to make simpler facts to solve! They are really thinking through these strategies. This problem is from our Scott Foresman Investigations curriculum.

9/6/2017 - Today we played a game called "Multiple Turn Over" to practice our factors, mutiples, prime, and composite numbers. They really enjoy the challenge of this game!

9/5/2017 - We are working on systematically finding all the factors of a number.

8/30/17 - -Today we learned a new game called "Multiple Turn Over." We were having so much fun, I didn't have time to snap any pictures! I will try to get some tomorrow. The students learned about factors and multiples and used that knowledge to play the game. They are learning so much!

8/28/-8/29/17 - We have been doing an activity called "Quick Images" for the last two days. The students look at pictures of groups of dots and use grouping strategies to copy the image after viewing for only a few seconds. This will help them learn to look for and use groups as they work with multiplication.

8/21/17 - Today we worked with the factors on arrays. Students played a game called "Factor Pairs." The partners spread out the arrays that model products up to 144. They would take turns choosing an array. They must state the product to their partner. If correct, they keep the array. Students used multiplication strategies to solve any facts they did not know. Students also keep a chart of the facts they knew and ones they need to practice. They are really getting fast with their facts!

8/14/17 - 8/15/17 - On these two days, students began making paper model arrays of numbers. They had to determine the factors and how many factors each number had. They used several different strategies to find all of the factors. We will use these arrays over the next few days to explore square, prime, and composite numbers.

8/11/17 - This week we worked with arrays. Students are relating arrays to their multiplication facts. Several students looked around their homes and brought examples of arrays to class. Here is our collection.