Lesson Plan

Mixed Word Problems with RDW Strategy

This end-of-the-school-year lesson will get the students focused on all the things they learned in math class! It reviews different skills with fractions and decimals in word problems using the "Read, Draw, and Write" strategy.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to solve mixed operation word problems using the RDW strategy.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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(3 minutes)
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  • Display the example problem from the Word Problem Solving Template: Read-Draw-Write (RDW) worksheet. Distribute sticky notes to each student and ask them to write on their sticky note observations that they have about the strategy used to solve the problem.
  • Ask students to share with their partner some of the observations they have (e.g., they are drawing pictures to prove their answers, they are writing their answer in a sentence, they solved their answer under the drawing, etc.).
  • Explain that while this word problem is easier than what they will solve in the lesson, they will use the same strategy or process to solve their own word problems today.


  • Provide an example of an observation for students to use in their sticky notes observations, such as "I wonder why there are three boxes for each problem" or "I notice the drawings represent the same numbers in different ways."
  • Allow students to use their home language (L1) or new language (L2) in their discussions.


  • Have students share some of their partners' observations ("My partner thinks...").
  • Write the academic language they can use throughout the lesson on the board as you introduce the language.