There are 3 versions of each story problem, so really it is 150 story problems!
Do you have the problem that there is a wide range of math abilities in your class? I always do! These story problems help you teach the same problem solving lessons to the entire class, but in a way that keeps everyone engaged.
The easiest level questions use numbers that will be the easiest to work with. Either both numbers are under 10, or one of the numbers is a 10. This will help your struggling students from getting lost in the weeds.
The next level questions use bigger numbers. This will be a challenge for your kids who have an easy time solving story problems with those easy numbers.
The final level should be more of a challenge for your highest achievers. In the first half of the story problems, the highest level questions all include information that isn't necessary to solve the problem. This distracting information can really confuse kids! The second half of the story problems bump the original story problem from a one-step to a two-step problem.
I give my struggling learners the first level the first day, the second level the second day, and the third level the third day. They will get the experience solving the hardest problems, but they will have the scaffold of their previous day's work to help them. On day three even the hardest problems should feel easy.
My more advanced students skip the first level and do the second level on the first day and the third level on the second day.
Only my very, very top math learners would skip right to the highest level. I would definitely have to watch them solve a few problems before I let them skip ahead.
You get the file both as a .pdf and a Google Slides document, so it is completely editable!
- 50 unique story problems that touch on the entire third grade math curriculum
- 3 versions of each story problem for a total of 150 story problems
- please note that at this time the key is not included
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