Creating Your Own Word Problem

Tonight you will be creating a word problem that matches an expression. We can start with the dividend, or the first number in a division expression. The dividend is the whole, or what you have. The second number is the divisor. This is what you are dividing your whole by.

When you are creating your word problem start with what you have. When creating these sort of problems it is easiest to use things that can cut into smaller pieces. Pieces of yarn, rope and ribbon are common. Making necklaces from yarn, bracelets from rope, and wrapping presents with ribbon are examples. Here is an example of a word problem that the students have seen.

The models that you have been creating all week can be used to represent your situations. Each fraction would be, in the example above, one present being wrapped since 1/3 of a meter of ribbon is used to wrap each present.

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