### Lesson plan

# Multiplication Stories

#### Learning Objectives

Students will be able to write multiplication word problems.

#### Introduction

*(5 minutes)*

- Ask your students to identify the problem in one of their favorite stories.
- Tell your students that they will be coming up with their own math story problems.

#### Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling

*(5 minutes)*

- Explain that math can be put into story problems. Have the students come up with some examples with you. For example:
*It takes five apples to make a pie. Suzie wants to make four apple pies. How many apples will she need? (5 x 4 = 20 apples)*

#### Guided Practice

*(10 minutes)*

- Show students the Multiplication Word Problems worksheet.
- Go through the worksheet together as a class.
- Draw pictures on the board to represent pictures from the worksheet. Isolating the pictures can help your students write their word problems.

#### Independent working time

*(15 minutes)*

- Have students think up of at least three different original math stories to write down.
- Encourage students to come up with a theme to help them think of stories. For example, they could write about baking, sports, school, or animals.

#### Differentiation

**Enrichment:**Direct your students to come up with one long math story that involves three math problems rather than three separate math problems.**Support:**Focus on an area of multiplication, such as multiplying by 2's or 5's.

#### Assessment

*(5 minutes)*

- While your students are making math stories, walk around, making sure that their stories are multiplication problems.
- If your students are making only addition math stories, ask guiding questions that would help them turn the stories into multiplication word problems. For example,
*Can we add one more pie or fruit here?*

#### Review and closing

*(10 minutes)*

- Have students share their math stories with the class.
- Ask other students to determine the answers to others' word problems.