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W questions covered by H

In the Big Ideas section of this resource, there is an activity called Covered by H.

A 5 x 5 section of a hundred square with 7 numbers covered by an H shape.

Numbers covered by H.

Here is part of the dialogue that took place when a year 4 teacher used some W questions with the H-shape provided.

Teacher: What makes you think the first box is 23?
Student: It comes after 22.
Teacher: So what if it was in this row? Tell me what you are thinking.
Student: All that row starts with 20 and this starts with 30 so it would be 33.
Teacher: What stayed the same, and why?
Student: The three because that row [pointing vertically] is all threes.
Teacher: Three…
Student: Units? Units.
Teacher: And where would the five units column be? [Student points] Good, so what can you tell me about the horizontal rows — across like this — and the vertical columns like this? How could you describe the rule, the pattern?
Student: Horizontal, across, they go up by ones, in order. Tens is vertical, vertical, down, goes up by tens: 15, 25, 35, 45.
Teacher: Okay. So what if this vertical column was 115, instead of 15. Where would 135 be, and why?
Student: 135. Okay. So that's 115, 125, 135 [pointing correctly].
Teacher: Good. Why?