Subject: Math

Lesson Length: 30 - 40 mins

Topic: Operations & Algebraic Thinking - ​​Multi-Step word problems using the 4 operations

Grade Level: 4

Objective: Evaluation, Explanation

Standards: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.OA.A.3

Brief Description: Students will explain the solution of multi-step word problems using the 4 operations.

Know Before You Start: Students should have prior experience solving multi-step word problems using the 4 operations. This lesson would serve as a perfect formative assessment or quick-check mid unit.

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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 is present in the word problem.

Activity: It’s time to solve a word problem in a comic!  Display or pass out 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 3-5 frame 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/if they are reasonable.

Differentiation:

  • Allow students to work in pairs.
  • Allow students to utilize speech-to-text feature.
  • Provide step by step directions for solving multi-step word problems.

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

Resources: Sample comic to print or display:  Comic 1.