Do your students tremble when they hear the words "multistep word problems"? This activity was designed to take the fear out of multistep word problems by taking students through three levels of problems: Modeled, Assisted and On their own. There are four problems at each level, with answer keys included.
Following the familiar theme of basketball, these word problems are motivating and the step-by-step approach takes the fear out of dealing with the information in the stories. All problems have been tested and revised with the help of my fourth grade students. After many comments of "I don' t get this" following the first two problems, they declared the second two problems FUN! When the final set of problems was assigned and teamwork was encouraged, students excitedly solved the problems with no help.
This activity addresses a portion of Common Core Standard 4.OA.A.3