Explanation Creation: Mathematical Thinking and Reasoning through Multiplication

Catherine Cordero, ELL, Governor’s Village STEM Academy

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


This unit focuses on English Learners who are building the foundations of multiplication with integration of mathematical writing. Students are engaged in several activities that support writing skills and reasoning through multiplication. Students participate in meaningful discussions with peers and hands-on activities that spark curiosity.  Lessons are designed to meet the needs of English Learners using appropriate strategies and scaffolds.  The goal is to improve mathematical written expression by integrating writing throughout the unit, specifically focusing on explanatory and creative writing. Students will enjoy learning multiplication while building conceptual knowledge and strengthening mathematical discourse through writing and discussion.