Students will explore patterns related to place value in calculations.
Before the Activity
See the attached PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity
Print pages 5 - 8 from the attached PDF file for your class
During the Activity
Distribute the pages to the class.Enter 5 single-digit numbers and use each digit once to create a problem containing a one-digit number multiplied by a four-digit number
Interchange the digits and record the products each time
Estimate the largest possible product for the problem
Understand that the largest digits should be used in the largest place value positions to maximize the product
Realize that the smallest digits should be used in the largest place value positions to minimize the product
Follow the activity procedures:
After the Activity
Students complete the Student Activity pages and list the largest and smallest possible answers for each combination of numbers.
Review student results
As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
Re-teach concepts as necessary