Doesn’t everyone love to see their names in print? For decades, I've put my students' names into word problems. It's funny...they get a paper, some of them look at it, and then the whispers start: "Hey! This has your name in it!" "There's MY name!" "Mr. Murray, did YOU write these?!" All of a sudden they're interested in word problems.
The problems include fillable fields, so you can insert the names of your students and other people in your school. You type the name in the first field, and the other fields requiring that name autofill. Same with personal pronouns, so you can write problems with either girls’ or boys’ names. The teaching notes include detailed instructions on how to do this, but it’s quite simple.
These pages have multiplication and division problems requiring students to recognize situations embodying both of those operations: “There are 12 donuts in the box. Thomas, Maria, and Teresa are all VERY hungry. Write an equation that describes this situation.”
What’s the question? What’s the unknown? The presence of the fact family will help students decode this. The two known numbers can’t be factors: we aren’t getting 3 groups of 12. The total in this problem is known: it’s 12. So the operation must be division.
Common Core Standards:
3.OA.3: “Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups…”
3.OA.4: “Determine the unknown whole number in a multiplication or division equation relating three whole numbers.”
3.OA.6: “Understand division as an unknown-factor problem.”
Subject: Math, Computation, Problem solving
Level: Grades 3-4
Length/Duration: 8 pages of student work, 4-5 problems per page
A Smart Notebook 14 file is also included.