EngageNY

Supporting grades: 3

Description: This 25-day module begins the year by building on students' fluency with addition and their knowledge of arrays. In Topic A, students initially use repeated addition to find the total from a number of equal groups. Lessons in Topic A move students' Grade 2 work with arrays and repeated addition a step further by developing skip-counting rows as a strategy for multiplication. Arrays become a cornerstone of the module. Students use the language of multiplication as they understand what factors are and differentiate between the size of groups and the number of groups within a given context. Topic B extends the study to division. Students understand division as an unknown factor problem and relate the meaning of unknown factors to either the number or the size of groups. By the end of Topic B, students are aware of a fundamental connection between multiplication and division that lays the foundation for the rest of the module. In Topic C, students use the array model and familiar skip-counting strategies to solidify their understanding of multiplication and practice related facts of 2 and 3.

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