Subject: Math
Lesson Length: 30  40 mins
Topic: Operations and Algebraic Thinking; MultiStep Word Problems Using The Four Operations
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:
 Display or distribute copies of the sample comic.
 Have students choose either sample problem A or B.
 Have students explain the steps and operations needed to solve either problem in a threepanel comic.
Closure:
 Have students choose a partner who selected the same problem.
 Have students compare their process and solutions to determine whether they agree and they are reasonable.
Differentiation:
 Allow students to use the speechtotext feature.

Allow students to work in pairs.

Provide stepbystep directions for solving multistep word problems.

Provide sentence stems, “First I ___. Next, I ___. Then I ___. Last, I ___.”
Resources:
 Comic to print or display: Comic.
Suggested Story Starters: