This activity addresses the mathematical Practices standards of the Common Core:
MP.1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
MP.4. Model with mathematics.
MP.7. Look for and make use of structure.
Begin by using these whole group. Project onto smart board, document camera, or write on chart paper.
Provide students with the answer.
Provide counters, if needed, for the students to use to create the equations.
Then work backwards to create equations that equal the answer.
Choose 1 of the equations and write a word problem to go with it.
Students can illustrate their word problem in the space at the top.