Breaking Down Multistep Problems for 4th and 5th Graders

Breaking Down Multistep Problems for 4th and 5th Graders
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These problems are intended to address some recurring issues that 4th and 5th Grade students have with multiple-step problems: reading closely, reviewing known information, keeping track of what the numbers mean (labeling), and so on.

There are 8 pages of problems broken into single-step parts, each of which might be used in a multi-step problem. The most common of these operations is an “interpreting the remainder” step, in which students need to recognize what effect a remainder after dividing has on the solution. This is good practice in recognizing what the problem asks for and ensuring that the solution makes sense.

Then there are 3 different sequences of intact multiple step problems. Each of these is preceded by a “mirror” problem with smaller, more accessible numbers so students can more readily visualize the solution. They then can use the same operations in the corresponding parts of the real problems.

Most of the math is at the 4th grade level. There are some problems which include some specifically 5th grade level math involving 2-digit divisors and some multiplication of money amounts.
Total Pages
15 pages
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Teaching Duration
4 days
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