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Contexts for Learning Mathematics, Level 2

Investigating Multiplication and Division, Grades 3-5

By Catherine Twomey Fosnot

Contexts for Learning Mathematics is a rigorous classroom resource that makes use of a math workshop environment to bring the Standards for Mathematical Practice to life. The Level 2 (grades 3–5) package includes five classroom-tested units (and supporting resources) that use rich, authentic contexts to promote understanding and ensure the development of a positive growth mindset.


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Contexts for Learning Mathematics (CFLM) uses rich, authentic contexts provide a backdrop for fostering a positive growth mindset through:

  • the use of mathematical models as thinking tools
  • tenacious problem solving
  • the reading and writing of mathematical arguments and justification

Flexibly designed, CFLM units can be used to enhance your teaching, supplement your curriculum, or differentiate instruction. Each unit stands on its own, presenting a two-week sequence of interconnected investigations, games, and minilessons created to support key math topics.

Investigating Multiplication and Division (Grades 3–5) is the second level in the Contexts for Learning Mathematics series. This package includes five flexibly designed units for enhancing your teaching, supplementing your curriculum, or differentiating your instruction. The units in this package include:

  • Groceries, Stamps, and Measuring Strips (Early Multiplication)
  • The Big Dinner (Multiplication with the Ratio Table)
  • Muffles' Truffles (Multiplication and Division with the Array)
  • The Teachers' Lounge (Place Value and Division)
  • The Box Factory (Extending Multiplication with the Array)

Each unit can stand on its own, presenting a two-week sequence of interconnected investigations, games, and minilessons created to support the development of key topics in multiplication and division.

Along with the units books, this package includes an Overview Book that provides a deeper dive into the content, strategies, and overall philosophy specific to these grade levels, 17 Posters that set the stage for learning, two Resource Books containing strings of related minilessons for supporting instruction throughout the year, and access to Digital Resources that include extensive professional learning support.

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