*My daughter and I went on a 12 week- journey the past two years to explore Fractions. We are doing it again this Fall. I am updating the posts from our previous journeys, in case you want to join us this year. Click here if you want to know more about the journey.*

This week is going to be a little different, as it is our last problem before starting Equal Sharing problems and fractions (Yeah ! Finally !). You may have noticed your child being more comfortable with some of the problems posted for the past 6 weeks, and less comfortable with others. This week is your chance to review what we have done so far. I hope you do not feel too overwhelmed with all the options. If so, just come back next week, we will be back to our 3 Levels :-)

**Time 4 Fractions – Problem #7 – Reviewing with buttons**

*Review multiplication problems*

*Level Yellow*– Mr. Needle is making 2 jackets. On each jacket, he puts 3 buttons. How many buttons does Mr Needle need in total?*Level Orange*– Mr. Needle is making 5 jackets. On each jacket, he puts 4 buttons. How many buttons does Mr Needle need in total?*Level Red*– Mr. Needle is making ___ jackets. On each jacket, he puts ___ buttons. How many buttons does Mr Needle need in total?*Complete the problem with the numbers of your choice.*

*Review measurement division problems*

*Level Yellow*– Mr Needle has 5 buttons. He wants to make jackets with 2 buttons on each jacket. How many jackets can Mr Needle make?*Level Orange*– Mr Needle has 15 buttons. He wants to make jackets with 4 buttons on each jacket. How many jackets can Mr Needle make?*Level Red*– Mr Needle has ___ buttons. He wants to make jackets with ___ buttons on each jacket. How many jackets can Mr Needle make?*Complete the problem with the numbers of your choice. (e.g. 27 buttons, 8 buttons on each jacket)*

*Review partitive division problems*

*Level Yellow*– Mr Needle has 8 buttons. He wants to make 3 jackets, using the same number of buttons on each jacket. How many buttons can Mr Needle use for each jacket ?*Level Orange*– Mr Needle has 13 buttons. He wants to make 4 jackets, using the same number of buttons on each jacket. How many buttons can Mr Needle use for each jacket ?*Level Red*– Mr Needle has ___ buttons. He wants to make ___ jackets, using the same number of buttons on each jacket. How many buttons can Mr Needle use for each jacket ?*Complete the problem with the numbers of your choice. (e.g. 31 buttons, 7 jackets)*

As always, invite your child to solve one of the problems, and *listen* to his/her way of solving it. He/she can make sense of the problem while using small objects (such as buttons, marbles, etc, and small containers) or drawing a picture. He/she may write an equation. Each child should pick the problem that he/she feels like exploring.

If your child calls out the answer right away,* r*emind him/her that the answer is fine, but *how* it was obtained is even more important in this journey. How would he/she explain it to a younger child? Could he/she represent the problem with a drawing? a diagram? Using small objects ?

**Sharing my experience
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We did not review these problems this year, but here is a quick summary of what we did a couple of years ago.

My child started with the multiplication problem, and what I found interesting is that, compared to what she did with Problem #1 and Problem #2 (which were also multiplication problems), she wrote, as an equation, a *multiplication*. Apparently, she learned about multiplication recently (through playing on Starfall.com, from what she said) and made the connection with the buttons on the jackets. As I told you before, our T4F journey is about exploring, but symbols do come in time ! My child was not ready to write a multiplication equation a few weeks ago, but it looks like now, she is.

Time to move on to the next leg of our journey: equal sharing problems, here we come !

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