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Students use AppleWorks or Office to write and illustrate a number story.
Each student’s work is then added to a Keynote or PowerPoint show
and displayed for the class (or parents!) to see and share.
Students use AppleWorks or Office to write and illustrate a number story. Each student's work is then added to a Keynote or PowerPoint show and displayed for the class (or parents!) to see and share.
number story, writing across the content areas, math
- Student access to AppleWorks
- Pencil and paper
- Teacher access to PowerPoint or Keynote
Make writing across content areas fun with this computer activity for grades 1-3.
Start the lesson by showing students the number stories at Math Cats. Read the stories and discuss each picture. After discussing four or five stories, ask students to share what a number story is. Students should identify that each number story contains two sets of objects -- balloons, cookies... -- and that something happens to the items in those two sets -- they are added together or subtracted from each other.
Tell students that they are going to write their own number stories. Follow the steps to help them create their stories:
- Have each student write an equation -- such as 3 + 4 = 7 -- on his
or her paper. (Make sure the numbers they use are small enough that
students can draw objects to represent those numbers.)
- Brainstorm with students ideas for stories that can include their
equations. If an equation is 3 + 4 = 7, for example, the story might
be, "Maria had 3 sugar cookies. She bought 4 oatmeal cookies from Mr.
Johnson. She now has 7 cookies."
- Review each story to ensure that students understand what they are
supposed to do.
- As each story is approved, have the student draw the story on his
or her paper. (It's important to draw the story on paper before going
to the computer.)
- Review and approve each picture.
- Invite each student to go to a computer loaded with AppleWorks (or
Office), click Painting, and draw the picture on the computer. (Note:
This part of the activity can be done on a single classroom computer,
in a classroom computer center, or in the school's computer lab.)
- Have the student click the Text tool and type the story ABOVE the
drawing. (Remind students to type "by" and their names after the story.)
- To save students' files, click File>Save As and choose JPG under File
Format. The stories will be saved as a picture that easily can be inserted
into Keynote or PowerPoint.
When all the students are finished with their stories, use them to create a PowerPoint or Keynote show:
- Open whichever program you are using. (For help creating your first PowerPoint presentation, see the Education World techtorial http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/techtorial/techtorial047.shtml ">Creating a Class PowerPoint Presentation.)
- Create a title slide. Type "Number Stories," your name, the class, and the date.
- Open a new slide and insert the first student's picture.
- Repeat this step above for each student's picture.
- Save the show.
You now can show the number stories to the entire class or to parents at Open House night or other event!
Students will be evaluated on their:
- Ability to describe a math problem using words in a number story.
- Ability to illustrate that math problem.
Lesson Plan Source
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
GRADES K - 12
NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
MATHEMATICS: Number and Operations
GRADES Pre-K - 2
NM-NUM.PK-2.1 Understand Numbers, Ways of Representing Numbers, Relationships Among Numbers, and Number Systems
NM-NUM.PK-2.2 Understand Meanings of Operations and How They Relate to One Another
NM-NUM.PK-2.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
GRADES 3 - 5
NM-NUM.3-5.1 Understand Numbers, Ways of Representing Numbers, Relationships Among Numbers, and Number Systems
NM-NUM.3-5.2 Understand Meanings of Operations and How They Relate to One Another
NM-NUM.3-5.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates