Math Worksheets Videos, worksheets, stories and songs to help Grade 8 students learn how to solve multi-step equation word problems. Learning how to solve word problems is a very important in Algebra.

Warm-up 10 minutes To begin this lesson, I set up a game format for the students to practice multiplication facts. This game provides the opportunity for students to practice fluency and think of a strategy to challenge other students.

The students work with their table group or up to about six students. The object of the game is to write a multiplication fact that no one else has written and solve correctly to stay in the game.

Each table group is assigned a factor to use in all multiplication facts. Using whiteboards the students all quickly write a multiplication fact at the same time, and reveal their fact at the same time.

If all students write a different fact, and solve correctly, all students continue to the next round. For example, one table group was assigned the factor of 8. If a student solved a fact incorrectly, they would be out of the game.

The game continues until one student is left.

Mini Lesson 10 minutes The objective of this lesson is to solve word problems with multiple steps including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. My focus on solving word problems is on the steps and procedures for analyzing the word problems rather than just on the solution.

There are six steps for each problem: Write the key numerical information 3. Draw a model or diagram 4. Write a number sentence 5. Write the solution in a word sentence.

Explain how you found your answer. Students section a piece of paper into six smaller squares and record the information for each step in a square.

I display a sample of the steps for the students on the projector so that students can use this as a reference throughout the lesson. Sample word problems can be found on the K-5 Math Teaching Resources website.

Using different problems for each student or pair of students allows them to work independently, have math conversations, and discuss different types of solutions.

As students complete one problem, I provide other problems for them to complete. During this lesson, students were working to complete three problems following the steps from the mini-lesson.

Multi-Step Word Problems Closure 5 minutes To close the lesson, I asked students to identify some challenges they faced with the word problems.

One student described the challenge with the wording of "Joe has four times as many items as another person. How many do they have altogether?These 15 word problem work mats can be used in many different ways.

Each page has the word problem at the top with space to work at the bottom. Laminate and have students use Vis-a-Vis or dry erase markers to show all the parts that are needed to solve these multi-step math problems.

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Research-Based Strategies for Problem-Solving in Mathematics K Classroom Cognitive and Meta-Cognitive Strategies for Teachers. This is one of the many publications available through the Bureau of Exceptional Math Probelm Solving Processes and Strategies Adopted from, Dr.

Marjorie. Multi-Step Word Problems Answers 1. Sandra read 5 books, Deacon read 6 books and Breanna read 7 books. One book was read by all three children, but every other book was different. Solving multi-step word problems is a requirement with Common Core Math standards.

Here is a acronym to help students remember the strategies involved in solving such rigorous problems. Here is a acronym to help students remember the strategies involved in solving such rigorous problems. In multi-step equations, start by simplifying both sides of the equations, as needed.

This means to get rid of any parenthesis by distributing, combine any like terms, and so forth. When using the distributive property, it is very important to distribute the sign of the number as well.

Independent Practice: Multi-Step Word Problems. Solve each problem below. Clarify what you know, and what you need to know to solve the question being asked.

Solve the first step to get the rest of the information you need. Use that information to solve the second step that gives you the final answer. Check and make sure your answer is reasonable.

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