The lattice method is something that is covered in both 4th and 5th grade Everyday Math. And it is a strategy that works so well for my students. Have you used this method before? I’m sure many of you have!
I have two pretty distinct groups in class, and they aren’t always split by grade level. The groups change based on ability and need. For instance, I have three outstanding 4th graders from Nepal who can solve any problem I give them!
So these lovelies worked on the 5th grade math lesson with me first (they are very comfortable with multiplication, so we focused on multiplication of decimals). I used one of the more complex lattices (is that a word? Not sure…). Anyhow, we discussed and wrote out the problem in our notes using markers, so it was kind of like this…
(I hope I’m not boring my primary friends!)
For my second group (this is the one still acquiring basic multiplication facts) we used one of the more simplistic lattices and went through the steps of multiplying multi-digit whole numbers (similar process as the one above, only easier). Maybe I should have shown you that first!
I have to say, I just love when the whole class is working on the same strategy, but at their individual levels!
I ended up making seven different graphic organizers for my students…though each student only needed a couple of sheets for their note-taking. Here’s a preview of a few of them…
I’m attaching the file below, in case any of you can use this in your math class. Please let me know if it is something you can use…I’m always so happy to hear when it is!
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