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Third Graders Use Array Skills For Bakery Activities

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Franklin Third Graders in Mrs. Crowley’s class used arrays to reinforce their understanding of multiplication.

 
An array is an arrangement of objects, pictures or numbers in columns and rows, which is an extremely useful representation of multiplication concepts.
 
Mrs. Crowley’s students used their understanding of arrays in a fun activity centered around a bakery. Students rotated through bakery-themed stations and used their array strategies to “decorate” cakes on paper; solved recipes to calculate how many servings they created and how much of each ingredient was needed; and decorated paper cupcakes with “sprinkle” beads, which helped them to use repeated addition to solve multiplication problems.
 
It was a lot of fun!  Please click here to see some photos from the activity.