Guided Lessons

# Making Story Problems

In this creative maths lesson, students will use familiar objects to act out story problems for their peers! Can be used as a stand alone or support lesson for the **Act it Out** lesson plan.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for theAct it Out!Lesson plan.

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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for theAct it Out!Lesson plan.

Students will be able to represent and solve addition word problems using objects.

##### Language

Students will be able to explain how to solve an addition word problem by acting with objects.

(2 minutes)
• Gather the students together for the start of the lesson.
• Using objects, tell a story problem about the classroom. For example, "I have three pencils, and you have two pencils, how many pencils do we have in all?"
• Say, "In maths we call this a story problem. Today we are going to practise solving lots of story problems!"
(5 minutes)
• Write up a standard addition equation such as 2 + 1 = 3. Review the definition of an equation as a maths number sentence. Review strategies students might use when solving addition equations (e.g., counting, drawing, and using a number line).
• Tell an additional story problem using objects.
• Model how to solve the problem by counting the objects and use a number line to show one strategy of keeping track of amounts when counting.
• Show students how to write a corresponding equation for your story problem and practise reading the equation aloud.
(5 minutes)
• Tell a story problem to the class, "I have six crayons and then I found four more crayons in my desk. How many crayons do I have in all?"
• Put the students in pairs and provide each pair with a box of crayons. Ask the students to solve the problem in their group.
• Gather back together and have students share out how they solved the problem. Highlight different strategies (e.g,. moving the crayons, using a number line, counting aloud, etc.).
• Model how to use drawings to show the word problem on paper.
• Write up the corresponding equation 6 + 4 = 10And have students practise reading it aloud.
(15 minutes)
• Explain that students will now get to create their own story problem using objects from the classroom (provide a variety for students to choose from) using the steps below.
• Choose objects.
• Tell the story.
• Draw a picture to show the problem.
• Trade with your partner to solve solve the problem and write an equation.
• Pair students together and then send them to work.

Beginning

• Allow students to count in their home language (L1).
• Work with students in a small group to design and act out story problems.
• Practise identifying the parts of the story problem with the students.

• Invite students to act out more complicated story problems.
• Ask students to explain how to solve the problem with a partner.
• Have students write down their steps and share out.
(5 minutes)
• Collect work samples to assess if students are able to solve story problems using drawings and objects.
• Take anecdotal notes of students discussions as they work to target additional support as needed.
(3 minutes)
• Gather students together.
• Tell the class a story problem.
• Pass out whiteboards and markers and have students turn and talk to a partner to solve the problem using their whiteboards.