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Multiplying Armadillos

An Armadillo baby (click for a larger image)

An interesting fact about armadillos is that they always have four babies! The babies develop from the same egg and are quadruplets! Let's use multiplication facts to predict how many babies a female armadillo will have had in all after 5 litters. After 8 litters? After 12 litters? (Hint: Find the pattern and complete the chart below.)

Number of Litter) Number of Babies Per Litter Number of Babies So Far Multiplication Fact
1 4 4 1 x 4 = 4
2 4 8 2 x 4 = 8
3 4 12 3 x 4 = 12
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