First we circled the numbers and put a box around the question. Next we used dinosaur manipulatives to act out the problem.
Next we made a class chart that looked like this.
My students had some amazing math thinking to share. Here are some of their comments.
"The pattern goes 1, 2, 3, 4, and then 4, 3, 2, 1."
"It looks like a box."
"It looks like a staircase."
"Every time there is a 1, there is a 4. Every time there is a 2, there is a 3."
"When there are more purple dinosaurs, there are less green dinosaurs."
"When a purple dino comes in, a green one has to go out."
The next day, the students made their own charts. On the front of the page, they wrote something about the chart. On the back, they glued their manipulatives.
Finally, we worked together to make our tables.
If you'd like to see more problems like this one, you can check out my "Think, Show, SOLVE!" series on TPT or TN.
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