# Choosing the Operation: Addition vs. Multiplication Word Problems, 8-Page Packet

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1. This 10-Day Problem Solving Lesson Bundle breaks down one of the toughest topics of upper elementary math: CHOOSING THE OPERATION!Each of the 10 lesson packets include:⇒Instructional Guide⇒Teacher-Lead Example Problems⇒Partner Practice⇒3-Page Independent Practice⇒Challenge Page for Early Finishers⇒E
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This 8-page lesson packet covers the easily mixed up operations of multiplication and addition.

We know that choosing the operation for word problems is one of the hardest things to master in fourth grade. So why throw all 4 operations at kids all at once? Better to focus on two operations at a time so kids can focus on the subtle differences between them. In this lesson students explore the difference between addition (combining groups) and multiplication (repeated groups of the same amount). Why can both problems say "in all" or "altogether"? How can I tell the difference? How can I model what is happening in my problem?

For each problem students are asked to:

⇒Draw a model (the step where they determine the operation)

⇒Solve

Each word problem in this lesson has 2 two-digit numbers. This is done intentionally so students don't rely on the size of the numbers to tell them the operation. Make sure your students have mastered 2 x 2 digit multiplication before attempting this lesson.

This lesson packet includes:

⇒Instructional Guide

⇒Partner Practice

⇒3-Page Independent Practice

⇒Challenge Page for Early Finishers

⇒Exit Quiz

This lesson is designed for 4th grade, but could be used in any upper elementary or middle school classroom where students struggle with choosing the operation.

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Addition vs. Subtraction Lesson Packet & Quiz

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Other problem-solving resources:

Multistep Word Problems with Addition & Subtraction (8-Page Lesson Packet)

Multiplication vs. Division (8-Page Lesson Packet)

Multiplicative Comparison Word Problems: Multiplication vs. Division (8-Page Lesson Packet)

Choosing the Operation: 1-Step Word Problems (8-Page Lesson Packet)

Choosing the Operation: Multistep Word Problems (8-Page Lesson Packet)

Choosing the Operation DIGITAL Game

Choosing the Operation Paper Game

Quick Quick: Multiplicative Comparison Word Problems

Quick Quick: Multistep Word Problems

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