**New Zealand Curriculum:** Level 2

**Learning Progression Frameworks: **Multiplicative thinking, Signpost 3 to Signpost 4

**Target students**

These activities are intended for students who understand multiplication as the repeated addition of equals sets, and who know some of the basic multiplication facts.

The following diagnostic questions indicate students’ understanding of, and ability to apply, multiplication and division to situations that involve equal sets. The questions are in order of complexity. If the student answers a question confidently and with understanding proceed to the next question. If not, then use the supporting activities to build and strengthen their fluency and understanding. In the assessment allow access to pencil and paper but not to a calculator unless stated. (show diagnostic questions)

The questions should be presented orally and in a written form so that the student can refer to them. The questions have been posed using a toy cars context.

**Lay down five cards with three cars on each card. Arrange the cards in an array so the cars appear as they would in a car park.**

*The cars are in rows of three*(finger pointing along a row).*There are five rows.*

Cover the cars with a masking sheet.

*How many cars are in the carpark?*

__Signs of fluency and understanding:__

Anticipates that 15 cars are in the carpark using a known fact, such as 5 x 3 =15.

Anticipates that 15 cars are in the carpark by deriving from a known fact, such as 5 x 2 =10, 10 + 5 = 15. This strategy may be due to not knowing 5 x 3 =15.

__What to notice if your student does not solve the problem fluently:__

Counting by ones, often by pointing one at a time at imaged cars, indicates a lack of understanding that numbers can be treated as composites (sets).

Skip counting, such as 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, indicates a dependence on counting in sets, and an inability to form factors and apply multiplication. Note students may see an opportunity to “count in threes” but lack the knowledge of sequence to enact the strategy.

Repeated addition, such as 3 + 3 = 6, 6 + 3 = 9, 9 + 3 = 12, 12 = 3 = 15, indicates a dependence on addition and an inability to form factors and apply multiplication.

__Supporting activities:__

Forming factors

**Lay down eight cards with five cars on each card. Arrange the cards in an array so the cars appear as they would in a car park.**

*The cars are in rows of ten*(finger pointing along a row).*There are eight rows.*

Cover the cars with a masking sheet.

*How many cars are in the carpark?*

__Signs of fluency and understanding:__

Uses a known fact, such as 8 x 10 = 80 or 10 x 8 = 80.

__What to notice if your student does not solve the problem fluently:__

Skip counting, such as 10, 20, 30, …, 80, or 5, 10, 15, …, 80, indicates a dependence on counting in sets (skip counting), and an

inability to form factors and apply multiplication. Note that students may lack place value knowledge, the 8 tens equal 80, and use skip counting as a trusted strategy.

Repeated addition, such as 10 + 10 = 20, 20 + 20 = 40, 40 + 40 = 80, indicates a dependence on repeated addition and an inability to form factors and apply multiplication. This strategy does suggest ability to double and control the number of tens.

__Supporting activities:__

Selecting multiplication facts

**Lay down two cards with six cars on each card. Arrange the cards in an array so the cars appear as they would in a car park.**

*The cars are in rows of six*(finger pointing along a row)*. There are two rows.*

Cover the cars with a masking sheet.

*What multiplication fact tells me how many cars are in the carpark?*

How many cars is that?

**Take away the masking sheet and double the number of rows (four rows of six).**

*I am putting two more rows of cars in the carpark*(putting on two extra rows of six, then re-shielding the carpark).

*What multiplication fact tells me how many cars there are now?*

How many cars is that?

Repeat the doubling to form eight rows of six and ask the same questions.

__Signs of fluency and understanding:__

Forms the correct multiplication facts for each step, 2 x 6 = 12, 4 x 6= 24, 8 x 6 = 48. Knows the correct facts.

__What to notice if your student does not solve the problem fluently:__

Forms the correct multiplication facts for each step, 2 x 6 =, 4 x 6 =, 8 x 6 =. Knows the 2 x 6 = 12 but may find the other answers by addition, such as 12 + 12 = 24, 24 + 24 = 48. This strategy indicates knowledge of forming factors and the effect of doubling. It also shows that the required basic facts are unknown.

Forms the correct multiplication facts for each step, but returns to establishing the total number each time, possibly by addition or skip counting. Sees no opportunity to build on the previous result. This strategy suggests an inability to build on known facts by doubling.

__Supporting activity:__

Deriving facts by doubling

**Lay down four cards with six cars on each card. Arrange the cards in an array so the cars appear as they would in a car park.**

*The cars are in rows of six*(finger pointing along a row).*There are four rows.*

Cover the cars with a masking sheet.

*What multiplication fact tells me how many cars are in the carpark?*

Record 4 x 6 on a card whether, or not, the student gives the fact or not. Place the card on top of the masked collection.

Repeat the steps with eight cards of three cars (8 x 3).

*Which carpark has more cars? How do you know?*

__Signs of fluency and understanding:__

Recognises that both carparks hold the same number of cars by doubling and halving of the factors. “If you cut each row of six in half you get a row of three cars. You need twice as many rows to have the same number of cars.”

__What to notice if your student does not solve the problem fluently:__

Calculates the number of cars in each carpark, using 4 x 6 = 24 and 8 x 3 = 24. States that both answers are the same but cannot explain why. This strategy may indicate that the students in unaware of doubling and halving as a strategy to derive new facts.

Improvises from known facts to find the total number of cars in each park, such as 4 x 5 = 20 so 4 x 6 = 24. Focuses on getting answers and does not recognize the doubling and halving of factors. This strategy indicates the students is aware of some ways to derive multiplication fact.

__Supporting activity:__

Doubling and halving to find factors

**Lay down eight cards with five cars on each card. Arrange the cards in an array so the cars appear as they would in a car park.**

*The cars are in rows of five*(finger pointing along a row).*There are eight rows.*

Cover the cars with a masking sheet.

*What multiplication fact tells me how many cars are in the carpark?*

*I am putting two more cars on each row*(putting an extra two cars on each row, shielded from the student).

*What multiplication fact tells me how many cars there are now?*

How many cars are parked now?

__Signs of fluency and understanding:__

Knows 8 x 5 = 40 and 8 x 7 = 56 fluently and does not need to derive one fact from another. In that situation ask why 8 x 7 = 56 is 16 more cars than 8 x 5 = 40.

Deriving from a known fact, 8 x 5 = 40, to work out a related fact, 8 x 7 = 56, by adding 8 x 2 = 16. This strategy suggests that the student understands the distributive property, in this example through 8 x 7 = 8 x 5 + 8 x 2.

__What to notice if your student does not solve the problem fluently:__

Calculates the number of cars separately for each situation. The student may do so using repeated addition. This strategy indicates that the student does not understand or elect to use the distributive property.

__Supporting activity:__

Using the distributive property.