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Question from Roxanne, a parent:

Make an array for the number sentence 4*8= 32

then they want me to write a number story for the number sentence.

Hi Roxanne,

Have a look at the answer I gave to an earlier question. I expect that the teacher is looking for 4 rows of 8 dots or 8 rows of 4 dots. Mathematicians always give the number of rows in an array first and the number of columns second, but I don't know what the teacher might expect.

I am not sure about the second part by how about "Each of my 4 sons has 8 T-shirts so that's 4 × 8 = 32 T-shirts."


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