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 use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.

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: