
Barnyard Legs
Michelle Reynolds
2nd grade
Cumming Elementary School
Forsyth County Schools
Task

Overview
In this task, students will solve multiplication problems using different strategies. The teacher will read Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream, A Mathematical Story by Cindy Neuschwander or a similar book about multiplication. As the teacher reads the story, he or she will discuss the multiplication problems and have the students solve them.
Illustrative Task
The teacher will give the students the What is Multiplication recording sheet. The students will write or draw or describe multiplication . The class will share their thinking. The teacher will read Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream A Mathematical Story by Cindy Neuschwander or a similar book about multiplication. As the teacher reads the story, he or she will discuss the multiplication problems and have the students solve them. After reading the story, the teacher will ask the students if Amanda saw 12 chicken legs on the farm, how many chickens did she see? The class will discover that this is a multiplication problem and will discuss why it is a multiplication problem. The class will model using Play Doh to represent the chicken body and toothpicks to represent legs. Next the class will repeat answering the question by drawing pictures of groups, drawing an array, writing the repeated addition problem, and writing the equation. The teacher will discuss that there is more than one way to solve a multiplication problem. The teacher will repeat this activity by asking questions to the small groups. The small groups will model the different ways to solve a multiplication problem. (building a model, drawing the groups, drawing an array, repeated addition, and writing the equation) After each question is completed the class will add a picture to the multiplication chart of the different ways to solve the multiplication problem and share with the class how they solved the problem. The students will independently complete the Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream Multiplication Riddles worksheet.


GPS Addressed

M2N3. Students will understand multiplication, multiply numbers, and verify results.
 Understand multiplication as repeated addition
 Use repeated addition, arrays, counting by multiples (skip counting) to correctly multiply 1digit numbers and construct the multiplication table.
M2D1. Students will create simple tables and graphs and interpret their meaning.
 Organize and display data using picture graphs, Venn Diagrams, bar graphs, and simple charts/tables to record results.


Video Information


Use these questions to guide your thinking about some of the important teacher ideas in the lesson featured in the video clip.
 What kinds of questions does the teacher ask to promote students’ problem solving?
 How is the teacher gauging students’ current understandings and building from those understandings?
 Consider the GPS standards listed with this video.
 What makes this lesson different from lessons you have taught on this topic?


