Subject: Math

Lesson Length: 35 - 45 mins

Topic: Measurement & Data

Grade Level: 4

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will interpret data to write and solve a real-world word problem involving distance.

Know Before You Start: Students should be familiar with the components needed to craft a word problem.

Hook:

  • Read and discuss the sample comic. What data does the comic provide?
  • Have students brainstorm and discuss what type of problems they could create and solve based on the data.

Activity: Have students use the data in the comic to create a three-to-four-panel comic of their own. 

  • The comic should present a real-world distance word problem using any of the data from the sample comic.
    • Panel 1: Present the problem.
    • Panel 2-3: Explain how to solve the problem. Which of the four basic operations will be needed?
    • Panel 4: Solve.

Closure:

  • Have students share their word problems with a partner. 
  • Tell them to make sure to cover the last panel, so their partner doesn’t see the answer.
  • Their partner will now solve the problem.

Differentiation:

  • Assign specific problems to students as necessary.
  • Have students complete the “Word Problem Comic” with a partner if helpful.

Resources:

  • Comic to print or display: Comic.