Fruit Pursuit: Word Problems
In Lesson 3 below, students get a flavor for word problems by developing problem-solving skills, then get a flavor for new fruits and vegetables they’ve never tried.
Students will learn to solve word problems using fractions and number operations; and to recognize and try new fruits and vegetables, such as those popular in other cultures.
SET UP AND PREPARE
Time Required: One 40-minute class
- Explain to students that they will be using their math skills to solve a number of word problems. Word problems describe a math problem in words. To answer a word problem correctly, the following steps can help: 1) Read the word problem more than once. Make sure you understand all the words; 2) Pay careful attention to the question and what is being asked; 3) Figure out whether you will use addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division to solve the problem; 4) Check your work carefully.
- Explain to students that there are many kinds of word problems. For instance, a delicious way to eat fruits and vegetables is in a fruit salad. How many people will one fruit salad serve? Find out with math!
- Make copies and distribute Worksheet 3: Fruit Pursuit: Word Problems (PDF). Have students complete the activity, then work on their “More Is Better” goal.
- Real-World Reference Page: Fresh from the Farm (PDF)
- Real-World Worksheet 1: Pay the Grocer! (PDF)
- Real-World Worksheet 2: Saturday Morning at the Market (PDF)
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