Word Problems and Multiplication

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The lesson lists several strategies for solving word problems using multiplication.  Some of the strategies include making a diagram, eliminating possibilities, and looking for patterns. Several clue words are listed to help students know when multiplication is necessary to solve a word problem. The lesson can be used in conjunction with other word problem lessons.

Word Problems and Multiplication Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Word Problems and Multiplication
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on Word Problems using Multiplication
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-4 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

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.

Classroom Procedure:

  1. Begin by explaining to students that they will concentrate on solving word problems using multiplication.
  2. 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.
  3. Introduce the notes on multiplication word problems. Have students practice problems with one and two digit numbers.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Have students practice problems using various solving strategies.
  5. 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.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. Have students share their multiplication word problems at the beginning of the next class.
  8. In closing, ask students to tell which key words are used to know it is a multiplication word problem.
  9. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards:  

CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.A.3, CCSS.Math.Content.4.OA.A.2

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

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade

Subject

Math