Well... my third graders had completely different ideas and hijaked my lesson. And while their ideas were not as "pretty" as the Pinterest pin - they really involved mathematical thinking on their parts.
Counting his fruit loops in his array. (Love the use of our laundry basket a.k.a. lunch basket for a work surface!)
Hard at work - they decided to draw Jenga multiplication tiles to pick out their math facts.
Close to what I had in mind -multiple ways of showing his thinking!
I love how these kiddos decided to use the Fruit Loops to make the sixes!
I love their word problem! 63 goats! Future textbook writers for sure! (Love the improvisation when they ran out of fruit loops.)
And one of my favorites - explaining his thinking in his Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book (this kid carries it EVERWHERE!).
Do your students ever "hijack" your lesson?
How do you get your kiddos to engage in mathematical thinking?