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Into the Wild: Multiplication Word Problems

Your students will be at the top of the pack with this lesson that has them identify important information within a word problem.
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Students will be able to identify the key parts of a word problem to solve a numerical equation.

(10 minutes)
  • Have students work in partners to practice multiplication facts.
  • Give each pair four dice or a pack of playing cards.
  • Have each student put down two cards or roll two dice. Put the digits together to create a two-digit number, and have partners multiply their two numbers together.
  • The first partner to solve the problem wins a point.
  • Example: Tommy puts down an 7 and a 2. Bob puts down a 2 and a 3. The math problem is 72 x 23. Whoever solves it first wins a point.
(10 minutes)
  • Bring students together.
  • Introduce students to word problems by explaining that word problems tell you the necessary operations you need to solve the problem presented within the question.
  • Hand out the Wild Word Problems worksheets.
  • Talk to students and explain that we must find the important parts of a word problem. Some word problems have important information within the text.
  • Give each student a red and green colored pencil.
  • Use the document camera to project the worksheet.
(10 minutes)
  • Use the document camera to model the activity.
  • Explain to students that you are going to cross out the unnecessary information with red pencil and underline the information needed to complete the problem with green pencil. For Example: Use the red pencil to cross out "Mario walks his dog everyday." Use the green pencil to underline "279 feet long" and "3 laps."
  • Give time for students to copy your markings.
  • Complete the first problem on the worksheet.
  • Allow students to begin independently working. Pull aside support students if necessary.
(15 minutes)
  • Have students complete the worksheet.
  • Circulate the room to assess how students are working.
  • Enrichment: Give advanced students the In the Party worksheet to complete if they finish early during work time.
  • Support: Pull aside struggling students after direct instruction and complete number 2 together. Modify or model homework if needed.
(5 minutes)
  • Assessment is ongoing, as students work independently.
  • Assist students as needed.
(10 minutes)
  • Place the answer sheet on the document camera.
  • Review and answer any questions students may have.
  • Assign the Classroom Math worksheet as homework.

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