Let's accomplish getting students to thoroughly read word problems multiple times to better understand and solve the problem. How, you say?? This collection of 10 common core story structure multiplication and division word problems are on a graphic organizer that uses close reading strategies.
Students read the word problem four different times with a different purpose each time:
★ Identify what the problem is about.
★ Identify the numbers in the problem and what they describe.
★ Create a model or drawing to represent the problem.
★ Write the equation that represents the problem.
*After four reads, students have revealed to me that this is the FIRST TIME they ever actually understood word problems and knew how to solve them!
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