Unit 1, Lesson 1# Situations of equal groups

Student Achievement Partners 30 min(s)

During class, the teacher and students use concrete objects and pictorial representations to examine a variety of situations involving equal and unequal groups. Students will not be asked to find the total number of objects in this first lesson, nor will the word 'multiplication' be introduced, in order to maintain focus on the conceptual foundation of multiplication. Discussion and examples focus on situations of equal groups in everyday life, so students can begin to appreciate the need for multiplication. Equal groups are defined as arrangements where the quantity of objects in each group is the same.