Subject: Math

Lesson Length: 30 - 40 mins

Topic: Operations & Algebraic Thinking; ​​Multi-Step Word Problems Using The Four Operations

Grade Level: 4

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will explain the solution of multistep word problems using the four operations.

Know Before You Start: Students should have prior experience solving multistep word problems using the four operations. This lesson is a perfect formative assessment.

Hook: Discuss solving word problems. How do you know which operation(s) to use? Which keywords do you look for? 

Discuss how to know when a word problem requires multiple steps to solve.

  • Look for hidden questions.
  • Determine if all of the information needed to solve the problem is present in the word problem.

Activity: It’s time to solve a word problem in a comic!  Display or distribute copies of the sample comic.  

  • Students will choose either sample problem A or B. 
  • Students will explain the steps and operations needed to solve either problem in a three-to-five-panel comic.

Closure: Have students pair up with a classmate who chose the same problem they did. Students will share and compare their process and solutions with one another to see if they agree and/or if they are reasonable.


  • Allow students to work in pairs.

  • Allow students to utilize the speech-to-text feature.

  • Provide step-by-step directions for solving multistep word problems.

  • Provide sentence stems, “First I ___. Next, I ___. Then I ___. Last, I ___.”


  • Comic to print or display:  Comic.

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