Solving Multiple-Step Problems

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Grade Level
Middle School
Length of Time
1 hour

This is a math lesson that has word problems consisting of multiple-step problems. For example, students will have to solve the problems by using addition and subtraction, or other processes.


Students will learn:
To think about the word problems
To take one step at a time
To solve each step to find the total answer

Materials Needed

The worksheet I have included in this lesson
Pencils and erasers


First, you will copy the worksheet so that each student will have a copy.

Then, you will explain how to do the worksheet by writing examples on the board.

After that, you can pass out the worksheet so they can work on them independently.

Worksheet - Solving Math Problems

Directions - You will read the following problems. You have to solve the problems by using two different steps.

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You can grade the students on the total number correct out of the total possible points.

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