3rd Edition – Time 4 Fractions – Problem #7 – Reviewing with buttons

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, remind 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

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.

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


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