By Dan Greenberg
Liven up your math class with Super-Fun, Super-Fast Math Story Problems! These laugh-out-loud mini-story problems—one for each day of the school year—are guaranteed to fire up students' imagination and whet their appetite for math.
Use the problems to jumpstart your math class, either to introduce a new problem-solving skill or to review previously learned skills.You may want to copy individual problems onto the board or display them on an overhead projector.You can also assign the problems as homework or for extra credit.Always encourage students to “show their thinking.” How did they come up with the solution? Invite students to discuss their strategies—often, there are different ways to arrive at the same solution. Students will benefit from hearing their classmates’ strategies.Invite students to make up their own word problems for classmates to solve. Students can post them on a classroom bulletin board or in the math center.