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Tia’s plant is 12 inches tall. Mike’s plant is 4 inches tall. How would you describe Mike’s plant in relation to Tia’s plant?
Mike’s plant could be iterated 3 times over Tia’s plant. Therefore, the height of Mike’s plant is onethird the height of Tia’s plant.
When a student uses multiplicative thinking, they are making use of the multiplication/division relationships between quantities to describe how one quantity is relative to another.