## Task Teacher Guide

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### In This Taskâ€¦

Students will explore solving equations using the idea of equivalence and substitution.

### Intentionalityâ€¦

Today, students will have an opportunity to reason through an investigation extending the shot put context. Again, the tasks involve measuring different shot put throws with two different length measuring sticks. However, in this scenario, the total length of each throw and length of each measuring stick is known, but the number of measuring sticks is unknown allows students to solve a two-variable system of linear equations using mathematical models such as the number line and/or double number line.

This scenario builds off of our day 2 understanding of **quotative division** meaning the length of each stick (i.e.: rate or quota) is known and the number of sticks (i.e.: parts) is unknown. Recall from yesterday that we were trying to determine the length of each measuring stick, whereas today we will be trying to find the number of sticks instead. Again, although we are not necessarily using **quotative division**, the big ideas are still prevalent.

They will also explore big ideas including the following:

- There are two types of division; partitive and quotative.
- Each side of an equation can be thought of as a single unit, where both sides are equivalent.
- Quantities can be reassociated to create new units that can be substituted for equivalent quantities.
- A multiple of one quantity can be equivalent to a multiple of another quantity which can be used to substitute.
- The algebraic strategy of substitution can assist in solving for unknown quantities in an equation.

## Math Talk

### String of Related Problems

In this string of related problems, we will be providing students with 3 visuals of arrays and area models that will promote the idea of reassociating units to create more friendly factors.

As you work through this math talk, ask students the different ways they might go about **determining the total quantity in the arrays or area model**.

**Image #1:**

**Image #2:**

**Image #3:**

**Image #4:**

Consider modelling student thinking on an area model in order to elicit the big idea of the associative property of multiplication.

### Walk Through Video

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### Facilitator Notes

This idea is important in this unit as we utilize the idea of the associative property to help us emerge the algebraic strategy of substitution.

When thinking of the first pair of arrays from the string, we can represent this total quantity as:

3(6) + 2(4)

Which is equivalent to:

(6 + 6 + 6) + (4 + 4)

By commuting and reassociating each quantity of 4 with a quantity of 6, this new unit of 6 + 4 is equivalent to a unit of 10.

6 + (6 + 4) + (6 + 4)

or

6 + 10 + 10

or

6 + 2(10)

The intent of this string is to help uncover the associative property of multiplication as well as the idea of substitution as a means to build number fluency and flexibility while also developing our understanding and skills to support algebraic thinking.

In each of the math talk visuals, the hope is that students will be able to recognize that they can look at the sum of two arrays (or sum of two pairs of factors) in more than one way.

For example in image #2, connecting both arrays together and viewing as a tall and thin array and a shorter and longer array yields the following equation:

Whereas partitioning into a longer, larger array of 10 groups of 5 would create an equal equation that might be easier for us to compute using mental math skills:

Something similar happens with image #3:

The goal is that a student could look at any expression involving the sum of two multiplication terms and give students the flexibility to use the associative property to their advantage.

## Sense Making

### Crafting The Productive Struggle: Prompt #1

Pose the following question:

After a shot put was thrown, one official measured the distance with precisely 5 teal measuring sticks plus an additional 11 feet, while a second official measured the distance precisely with 6 teal measuring sticks plus 1 additional foot.Â

a) How long is the teal measuring stick?

b) How long was the shot put throw?

### Walk Through Video

If youâ€™d like to see how you might model a portion of this math talk, consider viewing this walk-through video.

### Facilitator Notes

Students are strongly encouraged to model this scenario using a double number line. By doing so, students may be able to visually see the unknown length of a measuring stick by using the measurement from one of the officials and comparing against the measurement from the other official.

In particular,

The double number line allows for students to solve for the unknown quantity (length of a teal measuring stick) through investigation while leaving the facilitator with an opportunity to connect the visual representation to the algebraic procedure of solving through simplifying and isolating the variable.

### Crafting The Productive Struggle: Prompt #2

Next, pose this question:

After a shot put was thrown, one official measured the distance with precisely 5 beige measuring sticks plus an additional 10 feet, while a second official measured the distance precisely with 6 beige measuring sticks but had to pace back 3 feet.Â

a) How long is the beige measuring stick?

b) How long was the shot put throw?Â

If students solve the length of the measuring sticks using a visual and/or pictorial representation, encourage them to represent their thinking symbolically, and vice versa.

## During Moves

### While Students Are Productively Struggling…

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### Student Approach #1: Number Line Using Reasoning

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**Answers: Teal Measuring Stick = 10 feet; Length of Throw = 61 feet.**

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### Prompt #1

*After a shot put was thrown, one official measured the distance with precisely 5 teal measuring sticks plus an additional 11 feet, while a second official measured the distance precisely with 6 teal measuring sticks plus 1 additional foot.Â Â *

*a) How long is the teal measuring stick?*

*b) How long was the shot put throw?*

### Prompt #2

*After a shot put was thrown, one official measured the distance with precisely 5 beige measuring sticks plus an additional 10 feet, while a second official measured the distance precisely with 6 beige measuring sticks but had to pace back 3 feet.Â *

*a) How long is the beige measuring stick?*

*b) How long was the shot put throw?Â *

## If students solve the length of the measuring sticks using a visual and/or pictorial representation, encourage them to represent their thinking symbolically, and vice versa.

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