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    By Cathi

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    I have done an activity from Investigations called Arranging Chairs. Have the students imagine the front of the classroom is a stage. Assign a number of chairs (18 works well for this). The students need to find all the ways to arrange the chairs equally so all students can see the stage. You can do it with actual chairs if you have a lot of space or the students can use blocks to represent chairs. I have them draw the arrangements on paper. I then model how their arrangments can be written as multiplication or division problems. Six rows of three chairs equals 18 chairs (6x3=18) and 18 chairs divided into six rows would make three chairs in each row (18/6=3). They seemed to grasp this well. Good luck.

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