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Giant Story Problems: Reading Comprehension through Math Problem-Solving

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Giant Story Problems: Reading Comprehension through Math Problem-Solving

Grades 1 – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time One 30-minute & one 60-minute session
Lesson Author

Renee Goularte

Renee Goularte

Magalia, California


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology






General classroom supplies (chart paper, colored markers, white construction paper, glue, crayons, and pencils)

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Sample Giant Story Problems

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  • Prepare several appropriate story problems beforehand, either by using a large word-processing font or by writing them by hand. Story Problems should be on individual pieces of paper so that each group will receive only one story problem, and so that each group receives a different problem. More story problems can be written by the teacher, photocopied and enlarged from workbooks, or found online.

  • Prepare heterogeneous groups, balanced with student strengths according to problem-solving, drawing, and writing skills.

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