AROUND THE TOWN
This activity includes more than 60 Common Core math word problems. Click on the thumbnail to see the list of standards.
Your students will have so much fun going “around the town” solving word problems. Each word problem is missing some information. The missing information can be found on the informational sheets located at one or more of the locations in town. Some word problems will tell students where to go in town. In other problems, students will need to figure out the location based on the information given in the word problem.
This activity will take several class periods for your students to complete all the word problems. The answer key will help you decide on questions to assign for the lessons. For each word problem, the answer key provides the location of the missing information as well as the steps needed to solve the problem. The students should solve the word problems in random order. They will like the freedom to walk “around the town” deciding which location to go to next.
Included in this product: All materials come in color and black and white. Minimal preparation is needed for this activity.
- 9 locations (buildings) and 9 informational sheets (one for each location)
- Coffee Shop
- Pet Shop
- General Store
- Gas Station
- Ice Cream Shop
- Police Station
- Fire Station
- Movie Theater
- Candy Store
- More than 60 word problems for your students to solve.
- An additional fun idea on how to keep your students motivated while solving the word problems.
- Answer Keys – For each word problem, the answer key provides the location of the missing information as well as the steps needed to solve the problem.
- Directions and suggestions on how to display the buildings and informational sheets.
- Suggestions on how to complete the activity with your class.
Here are some sample problems:
The owner of the Coffee Shop, Miss Bee, and the owner of the General Store, Mr. Wilson, are getting married. They would love to have their reception at the Fire Station. To seat all the guests, they need a room with a perimeter of at least 42 meters. Will the fire hall be large enough for their wedding? (The students go to the Fire Station to find the dimensions of the fire hall.)
The Johnson family attended the Showing 1 movie on Friday. If 2 adults and 3 children attended the movie, what was the total cost of the tickets? What time did the movie start? (The students go to the Movie Theater to find the cost of the tickets and to read an analog clock for the movie time.)
George and Frank entered a jelly bean contest at the Candy Store. They had to guess how many jelly beans were in the small jar. George guessed 43 and Frank guessed 89. Which boy had the closest guess? (The students go to the Candy Store and read a picture graph to find the number of jelly beans.)
Maria and her friends are hungry for ice cream. They take 3 cars to the Ice Cream Shop. There are 2 people in each car. Each person will eat an ice cream sundae. How many total scoops will Maria and her friends eat at the Ice Cream Shop? (The students go to the Ice Cream Shop to find out how many scoops are in an ice cream sundae.)
Hope your students have fun going “around the town.”
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