Lesson 6

Compare Reptile Lengths in Story Problems

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to solve Compare story problems within 100 involving length.

Lesson Narrative

In previous lessons, students measured lengths and determined how much longer one object is than another using centimeters. They have also developed strategies for adding and subtracting numbers within 100.

This lesson combines these skills. Students interpret story problems about length measurements whose solution requires addition and subtraction within 100. In each activity, students solve Compare problems in situations where the language of the problem may direct students to use an incorrect operation. Throughout the lesson, they are encouraged to make sense of and use tape diagrams to visualize the measurement contexts and make sense of the lengths and their relationships (MP1, MP2).

  • Action and Expression
  • MLR8

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Solve addition and subtraction story problems about length.

Student Facing

  • Let’s solve story problems about reptile lengths.

Required Materials

Materials to Gather

Required Preparation

CCSS Standards

Lesson Timeline

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

Teacher Reflection Questions

What representations have been most helpful for the students as they solve story problems? What do you notice in their work from today’s lesson that you might leverage in a future lesson?

Suggested Centers

  • Estimate and Measure (1–4), Stage 1: Choose Your Unit (Addressing)
  • Five in a Row: Addition and Subtraction (1–2), Stage 6: Add within 100 with Composing (Supporting)

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