Reflection: Lesson Planning I'm Jealous! Comparison Story Problems - Section 2: Opening Discussion


To help students access this type of problem, it is incredibly helpful to use emotions that kids can relate to. Most students have had experiences with being jealous, particularly when they are losing a game. At this age, many students have also had experiences with sports where they are keeping track of points. In this situations, students have emotional responses to losing that again, they will be able to empathize with in this problem.

While I taught this lesson, I really emphasized the emotion to kids who were struggling with the concept of "how many more." When acting out the problem, I could say, "I am so jealous of you! You have more! How many more do you have?"

  Using Emotions
  Lesson Planning: Using Emotions
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I'm Jealous! Comparison Story Problems

Unit 16: What the WHAT?! Teaching Challenging Story Problems
Lesson 2 of 7

Objective: SWBAT solve comparison word problems.

Big Idea: Students think about how to compare numbers in this introductory lesson to comparison story problems!

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