Solving Word Problems (Grades 3-6)

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Strengthen strategies for solving word problems with our Solving Word Problems – 3-6 Lesson Plan.  This interactive lesson plan equips students to identify and define keywords and use pictures or diagrams for math problem solving (all operations).  Leverage peer learning and build confidence as students create word problems and share their problem solving steps with the group.

Solving Word Problems – 3-6 Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Solving Word Problems.
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on determining how to use logic and common sense, draw a picture or diagram and how to identify keywords.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Strengthen strategies for solving word problems with our Solving Word Problems – 3-6 Lesson Plan.  This interactive lesson plan equips students to identify and define keywords and use pictures or diagrams for math problem solving (all operations).  Leverage peer learning and build confidence as students create word problems and share their problem solving steps with the group.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Ask students: What kind of problems do you have to solve each day in your life currently or in the past?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.
  3. Ask students if they use certain steps or strategies to solve their problems.
  4. Allow responses and discussion. Introduce problem-solving to students with numbers. Explain to students it is almost like solving regular problems, but there are numbers and operations involved. There is no reason to be stressed over them.
  5. Distribute Solving Word Problems content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding and for further practice as needed.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review allowing students to share their responses and process involved with solving the problems.
  7. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Encourage students to be creative, reminding them word problems are sometimes referred to as math “stories”.
  8. In addition, remind students the questions are to be challenging, plus there may be more than one question for each problem and a problem may incorporate two data sets. (Example: What is a length of day in minutes of Mercury?)
  9. Once students have completed creating the problems, each pair will do an exchange with another pair of students. Give the class time to solve the problems.
  10. Once completed they will return completed work to the original creators for checking. The two pairs will meet and discuss any discrepancies.
  11. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses allowing volunteers to share the process and steps involved in solving a problem. Ask students if any of them used a different method.
  12. Allow for responses and discussion.
  13. In closing, distribute Key Word matching page for students to complete. There will be a colorful design. Ask students if they are familiar with the images.
  14. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.D.8, CCSS.Math.Content.4.OA.A.3, (No specific CCSS for Grades 5-6)

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 – 2 class sessions

Want more math resources? Check out our other Math Lesson Plans!

Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Math

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JA
06/14/2018
Jenn A.
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Great resource

This product was very detailed. It led me to develop my own lab involving word problems.

AH
01/27/2018
April H.
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Solving Word Problems

Very helpful in my 3rd grade classroom! I love the idea that there are lessons as well as activities to go along with ALL the products I have downloaded.