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A Giraffe Named Stretch

Kristin Brown
3rd Grade
McLendon Elementary School
DeKalb County Schools

Contents

Task
Overview
In this task, students will create and solve multiplication stories about Stretch (a giraffe) and his children using a list of facts given to them. Students will then do the same with other animals using a different set of facts.

Illustrative Task
Write and solve multiplication stories about Stretch and his children - Bob, Sue, Amy, and the twins Ned and Fred. Here are some facts about the tallest land animal on earth.
  • Giraffes have the same number of legs that most dogs do, 4 legs.
  • A giraffe’s tongue is about 20 inches long and it is black.
  • Giraffes have very long necks, about 8 feet long.
  • A giraffe’s foot is 12 inches across. That is the same size as most dinner plates!
An example multiplication story: If the tails of all the giraffes listed above were placed end to end, how long would that be? One giraffe tail is 8 feet long. There are 6 giraffes. 6 x 8 = 48 feet long altogether.

Write three more multiplication stories about giraffes or another interesting animal.

GPS Addressed
M3N3. Students will further develop their understanding of multiplication of whole numbers and develop the ability to apply it in problem solving.
  1. Describe the relationship between addition and multiplication, i.e., multiplication is defined as repeated addition.
  2. Know the multiplication facts with understanding and fluency to 10 x 10.
  3. Use arrays and area models to develop understanding of the distributive property and to determine partial products for multiplication of 2- or 3-digit numbers by a 1- digit number.
  4. Understand the effect on the product when multiplying by multiples of 10.
  5. Apply the identity, commutative and associative properties of multiplication and verify the results.
  6. Use mental math and estimation strategies to multiply.
  7. Solve problems requiring multiplication.e appropriate to display your information

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