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Solve multiplicative comparison word problems with missing factors by using equations with a symbol for the unknown

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.4.NBT.A.3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.4.OA.A.2
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Big Ideas: In a multiplicative comparison, if the group size or the number of groups is unknown, this is a missing factor, which can be solved with division. Multiplying by x is the inverse of dividing by x. This lesson builds on students' understanding of multiplicative comparison and the inverse relationship between multiplication and division. The task asks students to determine quantities of items given in terms of multiplicative comparisons in which factors are unknown. Vocabulary: multiplicative comparison, factor, product, division, inverse, quotient, group size, multiplier Special Materials: graph paper linking cubes base ten blocks
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