Lesson Plan

Stepping Through Multiplication and Division Word Problems

Teach your students four simple steps to help them solve multiplication and division word problems with confidence.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to apply word problem strategies to solve problems using multiplication or division.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(8 minutes)
Multiplication & Division Clue Words SortingMultiplication & Division Word Problems PracticeMultiplication & Division Partner Word Problems
  • Tell students about a simple routine that you have like getting ready for bed in the evening or getting ready in the morning. Be sure to mention that you follow a routine so that you don’t forget to do anything like leave your home without your lunch.
  • Let students share a routine they have with a partner.
  • Call on a few students to share with the whole class what happens if they don’t follow their routine.
  • Tell students that we’re less likely to forget something if we follow a routine or do the same steps each time.
  • Explain to students that there are steps they can follow to solve multiplication and division word problems, just like they follow steps for the routines they have.

Beginning

  • Have students share their routines with a supportive peer or one with the same home language (L1), if possible.
  • Allow students to draw an image to accompany their explanation of their routine.

Intermediate

  • Define the word routine with a student-friendly definition. Provide additional examples of routines in the classroom to support students' understanding.
  • Have students use a sentence stem as they explain the consequences of not following a routine. For example, "If I don't follow the routine ________."