Lesson Plan

Word Problem Components

The ability to analyze the component of a word problem is an important foundation for young mathematicians. Use this as a stand alone lesson or alongside *What's the Problem?*
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the What's the Problem? lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to create and solve word problems.

Language

Students will be able to analyze the meaning of word problems and plan to solve them using a graphic organizer.

Introduction

(3 minutes)
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  • Give students an example word problem to talk through. For example, "Susanna has 75 cents to spend on school supplies. She spent 30 cents on a new eraser and 20 cents on a mechanical pencil. How much money does Susanna have left?" Write the word problem on the board and use real life objects or pictures to support student understanding of the problem.
  • Instruct students to talk to a partner about what they know based on reading the word problem. Listen to conversations and note the language students use.
  • Tell the class that today's lesson focuses on looking at the components of word problems to help us make sure we understand them.