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Multiplication Stories

Maths can be made into short stories! Inspire your students to get creative with this lesson plan that will help them practise making and solving word problems.
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Students will be able to write multiplication word problems.

(5 minutes)
Multiplication Word Problems
  • Ask your students to identify the problem in one of their favorite stories.
  • Tell your students that they will be coming up with their own maths story problems.
(5 minutes)
  • Explain that maths can be put into story problems. Have the students come up with some examples with you. For example: It takes five apples to make a pie. Suzie wants to make four apple pies. How many apples will she need? (5 x 4 = 20 apples)
(10 minutes)
  • Show students the Multiplication Word Problems worksheet.
  • Go through the worksheet together as a class.
  • Draw pictures on the board to represent pictures from the worksheet. Isolating the pictures can help your students write their word problems.
(15 minutes)
  • Have students think up of at least three different original maths stories to write down.
  • Encourage students to come up with a theme to help them think of stories. For example, they could write about baking, sports, school, or animals.
  • Enrichment:Direct your students to come up with one long maths story that involves three maths problems rather than three separate maths problems.
  • Support:Focus on an area of multiplication, such as multiplying by 2's or 5's.
(5 minutes)
  • While your students are making maths stories, walk around, making sure that their stories are multiplication problems.
  • If your students are making only addition maths stories, ask guiding questions that would help them turn the stories into multiplication word problems. For example, Can we add one more pie or fruit here?
(10 minutes)
  • Have students share their maths stories with the class.
  • Ask other students to determine the answers to others' word problems.

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