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Solving the Math Curse: Reading and Writing Math Word Problems
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 60-minute sessions|
Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith (Viking, 1995)
- Journals or loose-leaf paper
- Crayons, markers, and pencils with erasers
- 12-inch rulers
- Yardstick (optional)
- Computers with Internet access (optional)
|1.||Familiarize yourself with the book Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Be sure to review and solve the word problems on pages 6 and 9 in the book ahead of the lesson.
|2.||Print out a copy of the "Math Curse Word Problems" puzzle from the online Crossword Puzzles tool (select Play One of Ours and the 3-5 tab; the puzzle appears in the drop-down menu). An answer key can also be printed for reference. For more information about the puzzle see Playing Puzzles: A Guide for Teachers. If a computer lab is available, consider having students complete the crossword puzzle online.
|3.||Print out the Word Problem Rubric, one for each student in your class.