Task# Karl's Garden

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

The purpose of the task is for students to solve a multi-step multiplication problem in a context that involves area. In addition, the numbers were chosen to determine if students have a common misconception related to multiplication. Since addition is both commutative and associative, we can reorder or regroup addends any way we like. So for example, sometimes students are tempted to do something similar when multiplication is also involved.