Lesson 12

Compare Measurements

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to solve Compare story problems about measurement.

Lesson Narrative

In the previous lesson, students solved Compare, Difference Unknown story problems about length measurements. Students used connecting cubes, drawings, numbers, words, or equations to solve and represent these problems. They discussed how some problems can be solved using either addition or subtraction.

In this lesson, students solve two new problem types, Compare, Bigger Unknown and Compare, Smaller Unknown, through the context of measurement and consider how a representation can be used to solve different story problems. Due to language demands of these types of problems, students will focus on Bigger Unknown versions with “more” and Smaller Unknown versions with “fewer.” Students are reintroduced to a diagram that may be helpful for Compare problems and prepares them for working with tape diagrams in grade 2.

  • Representation
  • MLR8

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Solve Compare story problems with unknowns in all positions.

Student Facing

  • Let’s solve story problems in which we compare lengths.

Required Materials

Materials to Gather

Materials to Copy

  • Write the Number Stage 3 Gameboard

Required Preparation

  • Create a poster for the Lesson Synthesis with the problems from Activity 1 and Activity 2 and this unlabeled diagram shown two times:

Activity 3:

Put each gameboard in a sheet protector.

CCSS Standards

Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 15 min
Activity 2 10 min
Activity 3 15 min
Lesson Synthesis 10 min
Cool-down 0 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

How did the Three Reads routine support your students in making sense of a story problem? What can you do to encourage students to use this method for themselves to make sense of a problem?

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