Reflection: Real World Applications Acting out Change Unknown Problems - Section 1: Hook


Oftentimes students struggle to fully conceptualize what is happening in a word problem and thus make poor choices when setting up their number sentences which leads to inaccurate work.  One strategy for having students deeply understand a word problem is to have students act out the problem.  When acting out the problem they are able to see the "action" in the problem and are more likely to understand how to set up a number sentence.  In this instance, acting out picking apples and then giving them to a friend allowed the students to realize that they should subtract to find the answer.  


  Acting out word problems
  Real World Applications: Acting out word problems
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Acting out Change Unknown Problems

Unit 6: Three-Digit Addition and Subtraction
Lesson 10 of 13

Objective: SWBAT solve change unknown problems using addition or subtraction strategies.

Big Idea: Students act out change unknown problems so that they can see the "action" in the problem.

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Math, Differentiation, Number Sense and Operations, addition, subtraction, Word Problem
  50 minutes
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