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Reflect on the Context First!

Emphasize student understanding and reasoning! This lesson plan helps learners solve story problems using sense-making strategies. This can be used alongside the lesson Solving Word Problems or as a stand-alone lesson.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Solving Word Problems lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Solving Word Problems lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to use addition and subtraction to solve word problems.

Language

Students will be able to solve word problems using class discussions and manipulatives to support understanding.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
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  • Gather students together in a circle and say, "Stand up if you've ever had a problem. Oh wow, many of you have had a problem before. I've had so many problems! Who can tell me an example of a problem they had and how they solved it?" Allow a student to share their example with the class.
  • Explain to the students that problems are things that need to be solved. We might have a problem tying our shoes in the morning, or finding our tooth brush. We also might have a problem sharing our toys with our friends. No matter what our problem is, we have to come up with a strategy, or plan of action, to solve our problem.