Lesson 6

Story Problems within 10

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students to a new type of story problem, Add To, Start Unknown.

Lesson Narrative

In the previous unit, students made sense of and solved Add To, Result and Change Unknown; Take From, Result Unknown; Put Together, Addend or Result Unknown; and Compare, Difference Unknown story problems. They wrote equations with a box around the answer to the problem. In this lesson, students are introduced to Add To, Start Unknown story problems. Then, students make sense of a variety of types of story problems, solve the problems, and write equations to represent each (MP1). Students apply what they have learned about the structure of adding within 10 to solve these problems (MP7). When students connect the quantities in the story problem to an equation, they reason abstractly and quantitatively (MP2).

  • Engagement
  • MLR7

Activity 1: A Shake and Spill Story Problem

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Solve Add To and Put Together story problems with unknowns in all positions.

Student Facing

  • Let’s solve story problems.

Required Materials

Required Preparation

CCSS Standards


Building Towards

Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 15 min
Activity 2 20 min
Lesson Synthesis 10 min
Cool-down 5 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

How effective were your questions in supporting students’ thinking today? What did students say or do that showed they were effective?

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