We began with the problem:

**5 x 0.35**

*(five groups of 0.35)*

*We modeled our thinking on a*

**:**

__hundredths grid__
We then modeled our math thinking using an

**. Students were prompted to begin looking for connections between the hundredths grid and open number line. Check out these examples! One student took 5 jumps of 0.35, while the other decomposed 0.35 and took 5 jumps of 0.30 and 5 jumps of 0.05. Great strategies!**__open number line__
Then we gave the

**a try. Continuing to make a lot of connections!**__area model__**. This is the trickiest for the kids. We are beginning to apply the Distributive Property as one of our strategies, something that will be really important in middle school.**

__equation__
Wow! Such amazing work! Students were then given the task to show these four math representations for the next problem: 3 x 0.32

Check out the group of one group! They decided to each be responsible for one representation: hundredths grid, equation, open number line, and area model.

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