Investigating Arrays Using Bitstrips

I created another interactive comic using Bitstrips that would allow students to investigate arrays and multiplication. In this activity, students help Mr. Ro arrange desks into rows and columns for the first day of school (I know, I know, very teacher-directed seating arrangement) by clicking and dragging desks and into their desired position. The comic problem is open-ended to allow students to create arrays with 12 desks all the way up to 24 desks and to create a variety of arrays for the same number of desks. I have shared this activity in and I would love to get feedback on how this activity goes if you try it with your class.

12 thoughts on “Investigating Arrays Using Bitstrips

  1. I love this idea but I can’t find the activity in Bitstrips. I would like to use it with my students.

    1. Hi Lucie, I’m not sure why it’s not showing up in the Bitstrips for Schools Activity Library. I re-shared the activity and we’ll see if it gets posted. If not, I’ll contact the admin and see if they can add it.

  2. I have found your blog and we are investigating the 3 part math lesson approach. While this is a newer concept, I have used these elements previously. You have made it more clear. I would like to do the Bitstrips activity as my class loves this site and we complete a number of activities, but this array lesson is not listed in the activity library. Could it be reposted? Also I am interested in the types of questions that you use during the active part of the lesson (part 2). What questions are posed to assess student learning of concepts or how they are proceeding? Any information about the questions used would be very helpful. thanks

    1. Hi Lydia,

      Bitstrips For Schools is a great site with so many cross-curricular applications. I’m not sure why my array activity isn’t showing up in the shared library. I’ll tweet the Bitstrips Twitter account and see if we can get it posted. Questioning through out the three part lesson is crucial for assessment for learning in mathematics. Quick questions like “How do you know?” or “Can you show me in a different” are really good at seeing if students have a good conceptual understanding of concepts. However, questions related to the mathematical processes are just as important in my mind. Here is a link to D.I. Cards for Mathematics that contain great questions to ask for each math process and sample feedback to give students: Hope you find this useful.

    2. Hi Lydia,

      Bitstripsforschools got back to me and apparently it was awaiting approval. It should be posted now in their shared activity library. I hope your students find it useful.

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