Clip 1/13: Standard 5: Use Appropriate Tools Strategically Using Multiplication & Division Part 2A
Mathematically proficient students consider the available tools when solving a mathematical problem. These tools might include pencil and paper, concrete models…. Proficient students are sufficiently familiar with tools appropriate for their grade or course to make sound decisions about when each of these tools might be helpful, recognizing both the insight to be gained and their [the tools’] limitations.
Mia Buljan’s 3rd-grade students elect to use manipulatives to help them with a multiplication/division equal-grouping-scenario problem following a structure similar to “Sam's dad bought 24 hot dogs for Sam and his 3 friends. How many hot dogs can they each have?”