Beginning Word Problems

Scripture: Daniel 5

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn God expects everyone on earth to worship and obey Him.
  • Students will learn God will not allow other gods or religions to replace what He has given us.
  • Students will learn God sometimes gives earthly consequences for rejecting Him.
  • Students will learn how to solve word problems with one equation.

Guiding Question: How can word problems be solved using one equation?

Materials: Word problems from links in Procedure section for practice, paper, pencils

Procedure: Tell students the story of the writing on the wall. Remind students that the writing meant nothing to the king until Daniel told him what it meant. Explain to students that the Bible was not originally written in English. Ask students if they know what those three languages were. Explain that the Old Testament was written in Hebrew, the New Testament was written in Greek with some Aramaic and Hebrew. The other reason the Bible is sometimes hard to understand is that it uses words we don’t use in our everyday conversations. So even though we hear words like “faith” and “salvation” at church, we may not hear them many other places. We may even think we know what they mean, but if we can explain them in our own words, then we probably don’t really understand what they mean.

Introduce the activity. Teach the basics for decoding a word problem with one equation For example, “total” means addition or multiplication are probably involved.

-Beginning Word Problems:

Additional Questions: How can students develop a strong understanding of how to solve word problems?

Supplemental Activity: Have the students create their own real-world beginning word problems and teach a partner/small group how to solve the problems.

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