# Hidden Questions - Introduction to Two-Step Problems

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PDF | 6 pages|Grades: 3 - 4

A teacher-facilitated introduction to two-step problems (multiplication and division only) where students learn to identify the ‘hidden’ question.

Students discover that two-step problems have a hidden question that must be answered first before the problem can be solved.

Then they rewrite problems with two questions into a typical two-step problem format and solve two-step problems.

8 problems and a journal question

Use in small groups, during guided math, during tutoring or intervention, and with the whole class.

This activity includes clear and concise teacher directions, a recording sheet, and conversation starters that give students what they need to have meaningful academic discussions.

#### Common Core Curriculum alignment

• CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.A.3

Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

• CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.B.5

Apply properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide.2 Examples: If 6 × 4 = 24 is known, then 4 × 6 = 24 is also known. (Commutative property of multiplication.) 3 × 5 × 2 can be found by 3 × 5 = 15, then 15 × 2 = 30, or by 5 × ...

• CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.C.7

Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 × 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all pr...

• CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.D.8

Solve two-step word problems using the four operations. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including roundi...

• CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.NBT.A.3

Multiply one-digit whole numbers by multiples of 10 in the range 10-90 (e.g., 9 × 80, 5 × 60) using strategies based on place value and properties of operations.

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