Reflection: Student Ownership Solving Multi-Step Word Problems - Section 3: Try It On Your Own

While the students created their charts with the six steps, some of the students looked for other ways to present the information.  I found that I was being to specific for some of the students to follow my plan even when they had all of the critical information.  They had just not laid it out as I had expected.  At this point I realized, that allowing the students to number their information for me would be sufficient as they created their chart.  Allowing the students to focus on the math of the assignment and not the worry about six individual squares was more beneficial to their learning.

Letting the students take ownership of their charts with their design relieved the some of the students from frustrations, and other students created charts with the six boxes.

Creating Their Charts
Student Ownership: Creating Their Charts

Solving Multi-Step Word Problems

Unit 6: Multiplication 2
Lesson 7 of 13

Big Idea: As students develop fluency and automaticity with operations, they can practice applying these skills to more analytical word problems.

Print Lesson
15 teachers like this lesson
Standards:
Subject(s):
Math, commutative property of multiplication, word problems, Critical Area, multiplication, multiplication models, area model
45 minutes

Diane Siekmann

Similar Lessons

Sharing Maybe?
3rd Grade Math » Understanding Division
Big Idea: Students will love celebrating the learning of division, while working on a multiple step problem about sharing cookies.
Favorites(4)
Resources(10)
Troy, MI
Environment: Suburban

As the Crow Flies: A Bird's Eye View of Measurement
Big Idea: High-interest content can be used to practice basic skills, such as measuring distances and evaluating proximity.
Favorites(5)
Resources(9)
Tucson, AZ
Environment: Urban

Navigating Road Blocks in Problem Solving
3rd Grade Math » Multiply or Divide with Word Problems
Big Idea: Students can solve real world problems using their understanding of multiplication and division and recognizing their relationship.
Favorites(1)
Resources(12)
TX
Environment: Urban