Announcing Bridges in Mathematics Third Edition!

See what’s new in the curriculum!

Practices
Contextualizing and decontextualizing
Representing and connecting
Topics
Division
Multiplication
Subtraction
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Use an App
Number Frames
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Number Pieces
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Number Line
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Kyle wrote a story problem about a garden. The answer is 72. What could his story problem be?

How could you get started?

There are many different kinds of story problems about gardens that you can write. Be creative!

• Think about what might grow in a garden. How can you pick some of them or plant more to get to 72?
• Your problem might be about plants that are in rows and columns.
• Your problem might be about the area or perimeter of a garden.

If you’re not sure where to start, think about two numbers you might add or subtract to get to 72. If you want, you can even multiply or divide to get to 72. Then use the numbers you used to write a math question. Remember, the answer to your question should be 72.

• Write another story problem with the answer of 72. Can you use a different operation for your second problem? Can you use more than one operation?
• Show your story problem, without the answer, to a friend or family member and ask them to solve it. Did they solve your problem in the way that you would have, or did they use a different strategy?