- Fourth Grade
- 60 minutes
- Standards: 4.OA.A.2
Your students will be at the top of the pack with this lesson that has them identify important information within a word problem.
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.