Recently students in Room 16 have been learning how to multiply by 2s. They are very familiar with counting by 2s, however, this particular lesson connected how counting by 2s can help them solve multiplication problems. Students know that in a multiplication problem the first number represents the number of groups and the second number represents the number of items in each group.
After a whole group lesson, I asked them to come up with their own multiplication story problem. Each problem would include: two numbers (one for the group and one for the items in each group), a picture and a multiplication sentence. They could work on their own or with a partner.
They had to know their problem well enough to explain their thinking because I told them that the next day, they'd be teaching their classmates. The following day, all students presented their story problem to the class and their classmates had to solve. The kids were empowered, engaged and excited to share what they had done! How cute are they?! :)