Lesson Plan:

Into the Wild: Multiplication Word Problems

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August 6, 2015
by Caitlin Fahey

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify the key parts of a word problem to solve a numerical equation.


Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Have students work in partners to practice multiplication facts.
  • Give each pair four dice or a pack of playing cards.
  • Have each student put down two cards or roll two dice. Put the digits together to create a two-digit number, and have partners multiply their two numbers together.
  • The first partner to solve the problem wins a point.
  • Example: Tommy puts down an 7 and a 2. Bob puts down a 2 and a 3. The math problem is 72 x 23. Whoever solves it first wins a point.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Bring students together.
  • Introduce students to word problems by explaining that word problems tell you the necessary operations you need to solve the problem presented within the question.
  • Hand out the Wild Word Problems worksheets.
  • Talk to students and explain that we must find the important parts of a word problem. Some word problems have important information within the text.
  • Give each student a red and green colored pencil.
  • Use the document camera to project the worksheet.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Use the document camera to model the activity.
  • Explain to students that you are going to cross out the unnecessary information with red pencil and underline the information needed to complete the problem with green pencil. For Example: Use the red pencil to cross out "Mario walks his dog everyday." Use the green pencil to underline "279 feet long" and "3 laps."
  • Give time for students to copy your markings.
  • Complete the first problem on the worksheet.
  • Allow students to begin independently working. Pull aside support students if necessary.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Have students complete the worksheet.
  • Circulate the room to assess how students are working.



  • Enrichment: Give advanced students the In the Party worksheet to complete if they finish early during work time.
  • Support: Pull aside struggling students after direct instruction and complete number 2 together. Modify or model homework if needed.


Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Assessment is ongoing, as students work independently.
  • Assist students as needed.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • Place the answer sheet on the document camera.
  • Review and answer any questions students may have.
  • Assign the Classroom Math worksheet as homework.

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