Subject: ESL/ELL (English Language Learning), Math
Lesson Length: 30  45 mins
Topic: Phrases for Algebraic Operations
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6
Standards / Framework:
Brief Description: Students will identify key phrases in word problems to determine which operation should be used.
Know Before You Start: This lesson teaches the signal words for addition and subtraction. You can adapt this lesson to address other algebraic operations as needed.
Hook: Read and discuss the first panel of the sample comic.
Activity:

Continue reading panels two and three. As each panel is displayed, have students search for signal words that help them decide whether to add or subtract.

As students answer, add these words to a signal word tchart.

Complete the same exercise for panels four, five, and six.

Hang the chart in the room as a reference.

Extension: Have students use Pixton to create their own word problem using a signal word. Have partners attempt to find the signal word and solve the problem.
Closure: Remind students that it is important to look for signal words or phrases in word problems to figure out whether we need to add or subtract.
Differentiation: Enrichment Adapt this lesson to the operation you want to target e.g., multiplication/division.