Lesson 15

Different Types of Story Problems

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to solve a variety of story problems and write equations that match each problem.

Lesson Narrative

The work of this lesson connects to previous lessons in which students solved Put Together/Take Apart story problems with unknowns in different positions and Compare, Difference Unknown story problems in a way that makes sense to them. They considered addition and subtraction equations that match the same story problem. In this lesson, students solve a variety of story problem types and write equations to match them. Students are encouraged, but not required, to write more than one equation for each story problem.

  • Action and Expression
  • MLR8

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Solve a variety of types of story problems.
  • Write addition and subtraction equations to represent story problems.

Student Facing

  • Let’s solve story problems and write equations to match.

Required Preparation

Activity 3:

  • Gather materials from previous centers:
    • Capture Squares, Stage 1
    • Shake and Spill, Stages 3 and 4
    • What's Behind My Back, Stage 2

CCSS Standards

Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 10 min
Activity 2 15 min
Activity 3 15 min
Lesson Synthesis 10 min
Cool-down 0 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

What part of the lesson went really well today in terms of students learning? What did you do that made that part go well? 

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