# Lesson 17

Use the Four Operations to Solve Problems

### Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to solve two-step problems using all four operations.

### Lesson Narrative

Previously, students have solved two-step problems involving addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Here they consider what mathematical questions could be asked about a situation and then solve two-step problems that include division where the factors are limited to single-digit numbers. Parentheses are revisited as a tool students can use to specify which operation happens first in the equation so that it matches the situation they are representing.

- Engagement

- MLR5

### Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

- Represent two-step word problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity.
- Solve two-step word problems using the four operations.

### Student Facing

- Let’s use the four operations to solve problems.

### Required Materials

### Required Preparation

### Lesson Timeline

Warm-up | 10 min |

Activity 1 | 15 min |

Activity 2 | 20 min |

Lesson Synthesis | 10 min |

Cool-down | 5 min |

### Teacher Reflection Questions

How has your students’ understanding of two-step word problems evolved from previous lessons? How have their experiences with multiplication and division in this unit influenced their problem solving strategies?

### Suggested Centers

- Compare (1–5), Stage 3: Multiply within 100 (Addressing)
- How Close? (1–5), Stage 5: Multiply to 100 (Addressing)

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