Lesson Plan

Interactive Math Story Problems

Students will use Kidblog, QR codes, Microsoft Word, Educreation and Aurasma to solve math story problems.
Denise W.
Classroom teacher
Kendon School
Lansing, MI
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My Grades 3
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students use their understanding of addition to develop fluency with addition and subtraction within 100. They solve problems within 1000 by applying their understanding of models for addition and subtraction, and they develop, discuss, and use efficient, accurate, and generalizable methods to compute sums and differences of whole numbers in base-ten notation, using their understanding of place value and the properties of operations. They select and accurately apply methods that are appropriate for the context and the numbers involved in the story problem given.

Grades 2
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1 Hook

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The teacher will post on classroom Kidblog a math story problem for the students to solve.  Students will use pencil and paper to figure out the equation and answer the story problem.  The next day or once all the students have turned in the paper pencil response, the teacher will display a QR code for them to check their answers.  Next, the students will go back to the Kidblog post to explain with words, how they solved the math story problems.  Students will be able to read and reply to each others explanations.  This Hook activity can continue all year with new postings of Math Story Problems for students to solve and for writing solutions.     

Students who get the answer correct will move to independent practice using new story problems to solve on the teacher's Kidblog post.  At this point, Students will use Educreation to explain how they solved the story problem and send their work to the teacher.  

The students with misconceptions and inaccurate answers will move into small group guided practice looking at their peers explanation on the Kidblog or watch a screencast video from educreation explaining and teaching them the steps to solve the problem, before moving on.  


2 Guided Practice with interventions

Activity: Presenting

The teacher will meet with students for a quick mini lesson or intervention, who have misconceptions and did not have accurate written answers before moving on to new Kidblog Math Story Problems.  

3 Direct Instruction on how to use Apps to Create!

As a whole group and over several days, the teacher will model how to use technology and several apps to create and then present a solution to a Math Story Problem.  The end results can be displayed as an interactive bullutin board for anyone in the school to participate with solving Math Story problems.  The teacher will model how to create and write a math story problem together using Office Word Processing, showing how to type it, save it, print it.  Then the teacher will model how to illustrate a picture of the story problem and then how to piece the typed story problem and illustration together for a bulletin board for other students in the school to view and solve. Next, the teacher will model how to make a video/screencast using the app Educreation Interactive Whiteboard, showing one way to solve the math story problem.  Next, the teacher will model the process how to create an Aurasma that people will be able to use and scan the illustrated picture of the story problem that will then show the end results or answer to the story problem, through watching the Educreation Interactive Whiteboard video which will highlight the student's answer to the problem.  Students in other classrooms will be able to use Aurasma ( instead of an QR code) to become engaged in hearing from the creator of the story problem.  In this case, the whole class is making it together, so they can move onto making their very own Interactive Math Story problems using Word Processing, Art illustration, Educreation, and Aurasma.  This activity could be an independent practice or a small group learning process.   A small group of students could divide up the roles of the project of putting together all the pieces.  For example, if one student is an awesome artist, they would be able to fullfill the illustration piece of the project.  If another student is a great communicator, then that students could create the screencast video using Educreation for explaining the answer and how to go about solving the problem.   As an educator, you need to model the steps and then decide if you want individual practice, partner work or group work.   This activity can become a math choice all year, after an effective direct instruction is completed.  

4 Independent Practice, partner or group Work

Activity: Creating

As stated above in the Direct Instruction section, after the students have seen all the technology apps being used for creating and presenting  Math Story Problems, students can independently practice the process of creating his or her own project or the practice can involve partners, or a small group.  

5 Interactive Bulletin Board

Activity: Presenting

An Interactive Bulletin Board is an excellent way to wrap up this learning experience and display all of the projects created by the hard working students.  This bulletin board serves as a home/school parent connection where parents, school students can try solving a Math Story Problem and then watch how the writer solved the problem and retrive the accurate answer to the problem.  This bulletin board can be a one time project or an ongoing project that last all year with updated new math problems as they are created.  Several classrooms could participate in this activity or it could become a schoolwide activity.    It is fun and engaging!