Package 5-5: Dot card talk 2

This activity is designed to get your child thinking about different ways we can think about numbers in particular multiplicative situations.

Week 6 - Package 5 - Year 5 and 6 Mathematics - Dot card talk 2

Things you need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task.

Ideal

Back up

  • Paper

  • Collection of items

Why is this activity important?

This activity is designed to get your child thinking about different ways we can think about numbers in particular multiplicative situations. It supports the ideas that quantities can look different but have the same value and that they can be represented in different ways.

Before you start

Make sure your child has the required resources ready.

Check that the video is working and the audio settings are correct for your child.

What your child needs to know and do

This activity encourages your child to imagine and explore collections reforming them into arrays.

What to do next

View the Dot card talk 2 video and pause it to complete the task on Activity sheet 1.

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Have your child view Sharon’s example on the video after the task is posed.

Activity too easy?

Encourage your child to investigate other square numbers, like in Sharon’s example in the video.

Follow-up questions to ask your child

  • Can you convince me that this array (point to your child’s thinking) shows that collection of Lucy’s, Sharon's or Michael’s?

  • What do you notice about how quantities can be shown?

  • How does an array help us understand multiplicative situations?

Extension/additional activity

How do people in your family see the representations?

Activity sheet 1

Imagining these collections from Michael, Sharon and Lucy reforming into arrays. Draw what they would look like.


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