Lesson 4
Solve Multiplicative Comparison Problems with Large Numbers
Warmup: Notice and Wonder: Too Many Times More? (10 minutes)
Narrative
The purpose of this warmup is to elicit the idea that discrete diagrams can be inefficient for representing larger numbers, which will be useful when students interpret and use more abstract tape diagrams later in the lesson. While students may notice and wonder many things about the diagram, ideas and questions for how the student could better represent the comparison are the important discussion points.
Launch
 Groups of 2
 Display the image.
 “What do you notice? What do you wonder?”
 1 minute: quiet think time
Activity
 “Discuss your thinking with your partner.”
 1 minute: partner discussion
 Share and record responses.
Student Facing
What do you notice? What do you wonder?
Student Response
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Activity Synthesis
 “Does this diagram show that Clare read 8 times as many pages as Noah?”
 “Why do you think the student who drew this diagram scribbled parts out?” (Maybe they ran out of space. There wasn’t enough room to draw all the pages the same size and keep them together in groups.)
 “What might be challenging about drawing each page when there are lots of objects?” (It takes a lot of time and space. You might lose count.)
 “What other ways could you make a diagram to show larger amounts?” (Use numbers instead of drawing each part.)
 “Today we are going to look at diagrams that show comparisons with larger numbers and think about when we might use them to represent and solve our own problems.”
Activity 1: A New Kind of Diagram (15 minutes)
Narrative
The purpose of this activity is for students to interpret and solve multiplicative comparison problems. Students interpret tape diagrams that label each box with a value, which is different from the discrete diagrams from previous lessons. They also write equations to represent the situations and explain how the equations connect to the tape diagrams (MP2). The problems in this activity have unknown smaller quantities, larger quantities, or multipliers. Questions are provided to support students in representing the unknown in tape diagrams and identifying the unknown in given situations.
Supports accessibility for: VisualSpatial Processing, Language
Launch
 Groups of 2
 Display and read the first problem.
 30 seconds: quiet think time
 1 minute: partner discussion
 “Is 15 pages too high or low of an estimate for Andre?” (Too low, because the diagram shows he should have read more than Mai.)
 “If Andre read 9 times as much as Mai, what number should replace the question mark in the diagram? Why?” (135 Because the 9 rectangles represent 9 times as many as 15. There should be 9 fifteens.)
 30 seconds: quiet think time
 1 minute: partner discussion
Activity
 3 minutes: independent work time
 8 minutes: partner work time
 Monitor for students who:
 explain the connection between their equations and the diagram.
 show understanding that each rectangle represents the same amount.
Student Facing

Mai and Andre compare the number of pages they read on the first day of the reading competition.
What would be a good estimate for the number of pages Andre read?

The diagram shows the pages Lin and Kiran read on one day of the reading competition.

Complete the statement and explain how you know.
Kiran read _____ times as many pages as Lin.

Write a multiplication equation that compares the pages read by Lin and Kiran.

How many total pages did Kiran read?


Jada read some pages. Han read 60 pages altogether.
 How many times as many pages did Han read? Explain how you know.
 Write a multiplication equation to compare the pages read by Han and Jada. Use a symbol to represent the unknown.
 How many pages did Jada read? Explain how you know.

Elena read 72 pages. Clare read 9 pages.
 How is this diagram different from the earlier diagrams?
 Write a multiplication equation to compare the pages read by Elena and Clare. Use a symbol to represent the unknown.
 How many times as many pages does Elena read as Clare?
Student Response
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Advancing Student Thinking
If students write equations without unknowns, consider asking, “What information do you know from looking at the diagram? What information is missing? What do you need to find?” Allow students to analyze the diagram and then ask, “Before you find the missing value, what equation could you write to represent this situation? Use a symbol to represent the missing value.”
Activity Synthesis
 Select 2–3 students to share their responses and reasoning.
 “How do the diagrams help us figure out what we know about the situation and what we need to find out?” (Each diagram shows two quantities being compared, and the ‘times as many’ amount that compares them. The quantity that is missing is the part we need to find out.)
 “How do the diagrams show times as many?” (‘Times as many’ is represented by the number of times each rectangle in the diagram is repeated.)
 Display: \(3 \times {?} = 60\)
 “How does this equation help us find the number of pages Jada read?” (We know that Han read 60 pages which is 3 times as many as Jada, because the diagram shows 3 equal sized rectangles for Han and one rectangle for Jada. We just need to know the amount that each rectangle represents, which will be the amount of pages Jada read.)
Activity 2: Who Read More? (20 minutes)
Narrative
The purpose of this activity is for students to represent multiplicative comparison situations and solve for an unknown factor or unknown product.
In the synthesis, students make connections between the description, their diagram, and multiplication equations that represent the situation (MP2).
Advances: Speaking, Conversing, Representing
Launch
 Groups of 2
 Read directions for activity aloud.
 “What will we do with each problem in this task?” (Write an equation with the unknown represented by a symbol, draw a diagram to show comparison, and answer the question.)
Activity
 4 minutes: independent work time
 2 minutes: partner discussion about the first problem
 “Share with your partner how you represented the unknown value in your diagram and equation.”
 “Work with your partner on the rest of the problems.”
 8 minutes: partner work time
 Monitor for students who:
 draw and label each comparison.
 identify and represent the unknown in their equation and diagram.
 use “times as many” language to describe each comparison.
 If students finish early, they can create their own situation and question and trade with their partner. The partner will write the equation, draw a diagram, and answer the question.
Student Facing
For each situation:
 Write an equation to represent the situation. Use a symbol to represent the unknown.
 Draw a diagram to show the comparison.
 Answer the question about the situation.

Diego read 8 times as many books as Lin read. Lin read 7 books.
 Equation:

Diagram:

How many books did Diego read?

Tyler has some books. Clare has 72 books, which is 12 times as many books as Tyler has.
 Equation:

Diagram:
 How many books does Tyler have?

Noah read 13 books. Elena read 130 books.
 Equation:

Diagram:

Complete the statement:
_______________ read _____ times as many books as _______________ read.
Student Response
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Advancing Student Thinking
Activity Synthesis
 “What information did you use in each situation to know how to draw each diagram?”
 The number of repeating rectangles in the larger quantity represents “times as many”
 The row with one rectangle is the amount being multiplied
 The row with multiple rectangles represents the larger quantity in the comparison
 “How is the last problem different from the first two?” (Sample response: The unknown value is how many “times as many”.)
Lesson Synthesis
Lesson Synthesis
“Today we used diagrams to compare two large quantities.”
Display some diagrams students created to represent \(\underline{\hspace{1 cm}} \times 12 = 72\).
“What do you notice about the different diagrams we used to represent this?” (6 sets of 12 or 12 sections with 6 in each)
“Why might we represent the diagram with a number instead of drawing all the parts out?” (Drawing all the amounts would take a while and may result in a counting mistake or take up too much space.)
“Diagrams that use numbers to show the quantities are a helpful tool for showing ‘_____ times as many’ situations because they can represent any amount.”
Cooldown: Represent Multiplicative Comparison (5 minutes)
CoolDown
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