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Math Story Problems


Found in: math, writing across the curriculum

The book, The Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, is a great tool to use for a math and writing activity. It is an entertaining story about a student who finds a math problem in everything she does at home and school.

After I read the story to my class, they complete a log that contains all the math problems the main character solves during. Next, they write their own version. Students choose a partner and each pair selects a period of the day to create a math story problem that their character encounters.

After students proofread and illustrate their problems, the stories are bound together as a class book. Each pair of students presents their story problem to the class, and their classmates try to solve the problem. Later the book is displayed at the Young Author's Tea.

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