Lesson plan

Math Story Problems

Help your students make the connection between what they're learning in the classroom and why they need it in the real world with this lesson on word problems.
Grade Subject View aligned standards
  • Students will be able to use addition and subtraction to solve and create word problems.
(5 minutes)
  • Tell students that today they will be solving math problems using word problems, or short stories about math.
  • Let them know that after they solve some word problems on a worksheet, they will create their own for another student to complete.
  • Answer any questions students may have.
(5 minutes)
  • Model how to do a word problem with the class.
  • Tell students they will come across the key terms in all, which implies that addition is needed for the problem, and left, which lets you know that subtraction is needed.
(5 minutes)
  • Show students the worksheet, and explain how you would try to solve each problem.
  • Remind them to look for the key terms in all and left.
  • Tell students when they have completed their worksheet that they will come up with their own word problem and write it down for another student to solve.
  • Emphasize that they need to use one of the key terms in their word problem.
(15 minutes)
  • Give students the worksheet, and allow them time to work on it.
  • Hand out paper for students to write down their own word problems and allow them time to write.
  • Have students partner up and trade word problems to solve.

Enrichment: Students may make more than one word problem using both of the key terms.

Support: Students may partner up with another student to get help completing the tasks.

(5 minutes)
  • Students will be assessed by the correctness of their worksheet and their creation of a math word problem.
(5 minutes)
  • Allow students to share their created math word problems with the class.

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