Math in Our World: Blanket Squares

The picture shows 2 bundles of yarn and a crochet hook. It also shows 2 rows of blanket squares that Jasmine made. Each row has 2 squares. Each square has 4 colors. The outside color is the same for all, but the inside colors change.

Jasmine is crocheting a blanket for her baby brother. So far, she has completed 4 squares. She needs to make 24 squares to complete the blanket. She can choose how many squares go in each row and column.

  1. Show what’s happening. Use pictures, models, or numbers.
  2. What do you notice? What do you wonder?
  3. What math questions can you ask about this situation? Answer all the questions you can!
  • Try drawing an array (a rectangle showing rows and columns) to show what is happening.
  • Choose how many blanket squares will go in each row and column.
    • A column goes up and down. It is vertical. 
    • A row goes across. It is horizontal.
A column is the line of objects that goes up and down. A row is the line of objects that goes across.

Create your own array story problem and share it with us!

  • Show your work to someone else, and explain your thinking. Did they understand?
  • Ask whether they have any other questions you can answer!