# Writing Multi-Digit Word Problems

Subject: Math

Lesson Length: 30 - 40 mins

Topic: Numbers & Operations in Base Ten; Addition and Subtraction of Multi-Digit Numbers

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: In this lesson, students will create word problems requiring addition or subtraction of multi-digit numbers. Students will solve word problems written by a classmate.

Know Before You Start: This lesson would be perfect for a mid-unit formative assessment, as a way for students to practice their skills.

Hook:

• Read and discuss the sample comic. What happens in the first panel?  The second panel? The third?

• Review the components/structure of a word problem with the class, e.g., scenario, problem, question.

• Review keywords or phrases to look for:

• How many in all?

• How many more than?

• How many less than?

• How many are left?

• Solve the problem in the sample comic as a class.

Activity:

• Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a three-to-four-panel comic featuring an addition or subtraction word problem involving multi-digit numbers.
• Each comic should include:

• Panel 1: the scenario

• Panel 2: the problem

• Panel 3: the question

Closure:

• Have students share their completed comics with a partner.

• Students will solve the word problem in the comic written by that partner.

• When they’re finished, have students check their partner’s work for accuracy. Students will be solving both their partner’s problem and then their own.

Differentiation:

• Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
• Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
• Provide visual representation of the components of a word problem.

• Display three-to-four-panel comic expectations for independent work.

• Allow students to use a Story Starter.

Resources:

• Comic to print or display

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