Lesson 8

Represent and Solve Story Problems

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to represent and solve story problems in a way that makes sense to them.

Lesson Narrative

In previous lessons, students made sense of and acted out stories. This is the first lesson where students are introduced to story problems that include a question. In the first activity, students develop questions to go with stories. In the second activity, students represent a story problem and discuss how to solve the story problem. Students may use objects, math tools, or drawings to represent and solve the story problem (MP5).
  • Action and Expression
  • MLR8

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Represent and solve Add To, Result Unknown and Take From, Result Unknown story problems in a way that makes sense to them.

Student Facing

  • Let’s show what happens in a story problem and solve it.

Required Preparation

Activity 3:

  • Gather materials from 
    • Math Stories, Stages 1 and 2
    • Subtraction Towers, Stage 1
    • 5-frames, Stages 1 and 2
    • Build Shapes, Stages 1 and 2
    • Counting Collections, Stage 1

CCSS Standards


Building Towards

Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 10 min
Activity 2 10 min
Activity 3 25 min
Lesson Synthesis 5 min
Cool-down 0 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

If you were to teach this lesson over again, which activity would you redo? How would your proposed changes support student learning?

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