Lesson 17

How Do the Stories Compare?

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to compare and solve story problems of different types they have seen throughout the unit. 

Lesson Narrative

Students write an equation to match a story problem, as they have been doing throughout the unit. When writing equations, students put a box around the answer to the question in the story problem. In this lesson, students begin by comparing different story problems to consider how the structures of the problems are the same or different. In Activity 2, students solve a variety of problem types in groups and write the equation that matches.

  • Engagement
  • MLR2

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Identify how a variety of story types are the same and different.
  • Solve a story problem and write an equation to match the problem.

Student Facing

  • Let's think about how stories are the same and different. 

Required Materials

Materials to Gather

Materials to Copy

  • Story Problem Cards Grade 1

Required Preparation

Activity 2:

  • Create one set of Story Problem Cards from the blackline master.

CCSS Standards

Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 20 min
Activity 2 20 min
Lesson Synthesis 10 min
Cool-down 0 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

How does writing equations help students make sense of the story problems?

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