Word Problems | Multi-Step

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Students are often intimidated by word problems, particularly those that require multiple steps to solve correctly.  The lesson focuses on organizing these problems into their various parts and determining the operations needed to solve each part so students are not overwhelmed by the complexity of the problems. Several examples are provided for the teacher to do along with the students, including problems with real world applications like figuring out how to split up a bill at the end of a dinner out. Several practice sheets are included with the lesson, including a suggested homework assignment and quiz to check understanding.

Multi-Step Word Problems Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Multi-Step Word Problems
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on Multi-Step Word Problems
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 5-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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The lesson focuses on organizing multi-step word problems into their various parts and determining the operations needed to solve each part.  The lesson suggests students circle or highlight key words in the problem, or make lists to keep track of what the problem is asking.  This way, students will not be overwhelmed by the complexity of the problem.  Several examples are provided for the teacher to do along with the students, including problems with real world applications like determining out how to split up a bill at the end of a dinner out.

Sample Classroom Procedures: 

  1. Begin by explaining to students that solving multistep word problems is just like solving two problems in one.
  2. While reading the content pages, reinforce operations and give students additional examples of multistep word problems in order to help them practice the steps.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  3. Introduce the notes on multistep word problems. Have students practice problems with various operations.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Have students practice problems while following the outlined steps.
  5. Follow Activity page with students. Explain the directions that students are to create either a photo documented word problem or a short video around a multistep word problem.  Tell them that while the math should be accurate, they should have fun and be creative!
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. Provide answers and discuss any wrong answers at the beginning of the next class.
  8. In closing, ask students what their favorite and most challenging part of making a multistep word problem was for their group.
  9. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.Math.Content.4.OA.A.3, CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.B.3

None for Grade 6

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 2-3 class sessions

Additional Resources: 

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Additional information

Grade Level

5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Math

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07/27/2018
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