Teaching Arithmetic: Lessons for Extending Multiplication, Grades 4–5


Students become more proficient at estimating and mental multiplication, learn to apply the distributive property to multidigit multiplication, and develop paper-and-pencil strategies for computing.

This book is part of the Teaching Arithmetic, Complete Series.

Maryann Wickett and Marilyn Burns
224 Pages

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Review by Pat Hess, past program facilitator for ExxonMobil Corporation K–5 Mathematics Specialist Program, Albuquerque, New Mexico.  From the February/March 2002 issue of Intersection. Reprinted with permission from Intersection, © 2003, by ExxonMobil Corporation.

I’ve been waiting for this book by Maryann Wickett and Marilyn Burns. It meets all my expectations. It is a collection of lessons extending the understanding of multiplication presented in the previous book, Lessons for Introducing Multiplication, Grade 3. All the lessons detail how students express and reflect on their mathematical thinking. Each lesson contains a script of what the teacher says and the expectations of the students’ responses.

The content of the book covers understanding of multiplication, linking multiplication and geometry, investigating multiplication number sense, and [exploring] real-world problems. Additional activities include assessments, parent communication, and blackline masters. The blackline masters are given as aids to the exploration of mathematics—aids such as centimeter grid paper, game boards, and a 100 chart.

This book is a winner and it engenders in me “what if” feelings. What if school systems supported study groups so that teachers could discuss lessons such as these, note expected responses from students, and, after teaching the lesson, discuss the observed mathematical understanding and learning progressing in their classes? This type of education requires support from the administration, but Lessons for Extending Multiplication gives teachers support of well-thought-out lessons in an easy-to-follow format.

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Focusing on multidigit multiplication, the lessons in this book help students learn to multiply by 10, multiples of 10, and powers of 10.

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