Flat Stanley’s Outfit

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Flat Stanley’s Trip

         Flat Stanley is going on vacation. He has 4 different colored pants (green, purple, pink, and blue) and 3 different colored shirts (brown, orange, and blue). What are the combinations of different outfits that he could wear on his trip? Record your findings. Click for the blackline masters

This research lesson was taught in a third grade classroom. The goal of the lesson was to encourage students to use different strategies to solve problems and to see how multiplication can be used for combination problems.

 Combination Problem

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