The lesson lists several strategies for solving word problems that use multiplication. Some of the strategies include make a diagram, eliminate possibilities, and look for patterns. Several clue words are also listed to help students know when multiplication is necessary to solve a word problem. The lesson can be used in conjunction with other lessons about word problems.
- Begin by explaining to students that they will concentrate on solving word problems using multiplication.
- While reading the content pages, reinforce vocabulary and give students additional examples of multiplication word problems in order to help them practice. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Introduce the notes on multiplication word problems. Have students practice problems with one and two digit numbers. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Have students practice problems using various solving strategies.
- Follow Activity page with students. Have students work individually to write their problem and then switch with their partner to solve. Have students share some problems with the larger class.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
- Distribute the Homework page. Have students share their multiplication word problems at the beginning of the next class.
- In closing, ask students to tell which key words are used to know it is a multiplication word problem.
- Allow for responses and discussion.
Common Core State Standards:
Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1-2 class sessions
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