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Reflecting on Multiplication and Division Word Problems

Teach your students how to reflect upon the information in multiplication and division word problems before solving them. Use this lesson on its own or as a pre-lesson to *Stepping Through Multiplication and Division Word Problems*.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Stepping Through Multiplication and Division Word Problems lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Stepping Through Multiplication and Division Word Problems lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to apply word problem strategies to solve problems using multiplication or division.

Language

Students will be able to analyze multiplication and division word problems using a graphic organizer and peer supports.

Introduction

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  • Invite the students to gather in a common area of the classroom, and facilitate a think-pair-share. Ask them to think about how they know which operation to use when they read word problems. Have them turn and talk to a partner and then share with the whole group. Prompt students to share that certain information and types of questions in the word problems give us clues about which operations we need to use in order to solve the problem.
  • Tell the class that they will be focusing on the information found in a word problem today to help them decide what operation they'll use and how they'll find the answer.
  • Share a student-friendly Language Objective with the class, and have them repeat it aloud.