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NUMBER & ALGEBRA – MULTIPLICATION PHOTOGRAPHS – 50 x piles of 4 tomatoes

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This photograph was taken at one of the markets in Yangon, Myanmar. Beautiful fresh tomatoes carefully placed into a lovely 4s pattern.  Great for estimating a large quantity at a glance then finding a way to check your guess. Counting by 4s is so much faster than counting by 1s.

How much might these cost? How many do you need to make a nice salad for 4 people? Or to make a tomato sauce for some pasta for 4 people? What’s the largest size tomato ever grown? What’s the smallest? How long does it take a tomato to grow? How tall does a tomato plant get?

In Myanmar along Inle Lake tomato plants grow on floating islands tended by farmers in wooden canoes. Which other countries are famous for growing tomatoes? Can they grow anywhere?

How will you integrate this photograph into your daily maths activity today?