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In Excel Math, we help students develop strong minds as they learn to think independently, build confidence, combine math with literacy, and increase their test scores. We also believe in helping students become well-rounded and healthy members of society. Many of our math story problems include examples of exercise and healthy eating. Teachers even call to thank us for removing cookies and candy from our math word problems. (Even so, I'm still partial to a good cookie every now and then.)
May 18 is "Bike to Work" day. In many parts of the country, May is a beautiful time of year to exercise outdoors. Here in San Diego, the trees are budding and flowers are blooming. The water's warming up enough for a swim. It's gorgeous weather for riding a bike. Let's take a look at one of our Fourth Grade Excel Math Create A Problem worksheets about biking and calculating distance:
|Excel Math Grade 4 Student Worksheet Create A Problem 18|
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In this activity, fourth grade students fill in the graph and label it using the information given in the paragraphs. They then write their own word problem to go with the information shown on the graph. Create A Problem exercises let students express their own understanding of story problems, merging math with literacy. We start with simple stories and give students a chance to observe what is happening in the story. They then use those observations and the accompanying charts and graphs to solve problems.
The stories are designed so your students can observe, analyze and participate in the stories. Several consecutive stories may be related, so they might occasionally need to think back to what they did a week ago.
Here's one possible completed chart and word problem for the Create A Problem worksheet shown above:
|Excel Math Grade 4 Student Worksheet Answer Possibility for Create A Problem 18|
Need a sample packet to decide if Excel Math is right for you and your students? Download one here or leave us a comment with your email address (or your physical address) and we'll send it to you. We won't post your comment so you can contact us without making your contact information public. Take at look at sample lessons for kindergarten through grade 6 here. Try out our math lessons featuring the unique Excel Math spiraling system (read our April 11 blog post to learn about spiraling and spaced repetition) and see how Excel Math can work with your students!