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Multi-step Word Problems (Grade 4)

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Videos, examples, solutions, and lessons to help Grade 4 students learn to solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted.
Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity.
Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.

Common Core: 4.OA.3

Suggested Learning Targets

  • I can choose the correct operation to solve a multi-step word problem.
  • I can interpret the meaning of the remainder in a word problem.
  • I can assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.

4.OA.3 Multi-Step Word Problems

CUBES method
Circle the key numbers.
Underline the question.
Box any math action words.
Evaluate what steps to take?
Solve and check.
Example:
During the first year a bakery sold 37,58- bags of cookies. During the second year, the bakery sold 5,000 more bags than were sold in the first year. What is the total number of bags of cookies sold during the first two years rounded to the nearest 1000?



M.4.OA.3.A (Multi-Step Word Problems - Organizing Data)
Example:
May's mom gave her $85. She bought a dress for $25, a shirt for $15 and a heat for $9. How much money does May have left to spend? M.4.OA.3.A (Multi-Step Word Problems - Using a Number Line)
How to solve multi-step word problems by rounding on a number line.
Example:
Mary has a 296 page book to read. On Monday, she read 51 pages. On Tuesday, she read 74 pages. How many more pages does she have left to read? M.4.OA.3.A (Multi-Step Word Problems - Using a T-Chart)
How to solve multi-step word problems using a T-chart.
Example:
Jamel is filling his fish tank up with water. The tank holds 20 gallons altogether. Jamel starts with 4 gallons already in the tank. Then, he uses a 2 gallon container to add the water. How many containers of 2 gallons does he need to fill up the tank? M.4.OA.3.A (Multi-Step Word Problems - Drawing a Picture)
How to solve multi-step word problems by drawing a picture.
Example:
There are 5 pencils on Jack's desk. Jill has 4 more pencils than Jack on her desk. Penny has three more pencils than Jill on her desk. How many pencils are there in all?

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Assess the reasonableness of answers

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