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7. Create a story problem to describe a picture (A)

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP3 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP8 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP8
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.A.1 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/1/OA/A/1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.C.6 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/1/OA/C/6
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Lesson objective: Apply understanding of addition and subtraction situations to create story problems to describe a picture.

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and understanding of addition and subtraction situations to a real-life situation. Students are asked to create an addition or subtraction story problem to describe a picture and solve the problem using words, pictures, or equations.

Key Concept students will use: 

  • We can solve many kinds of problems using addition and subtraction.

Skills students will use:

  • Understand how pictures are used to represent addition and subtraction situations.
  • Connect pictures to equations.
  • Create a story problem context from an equation with an unknown.

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 2 (reason abstractly and quantitatively) as they create a story problem from a picture. Students use a pictorial representation to create a matching equation and then draw upon their understanding of addition and subtraction situations to contextualize the equation. Students will then use words, pictures, or equations to solve the problem.

Key vocabulary: 

  • unknown 
  • addition
  • subtraction
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